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Danaus May he indeed behold you, and with a gracious eye.

Chorus I would like even now to be seated by your side.

Danaus Then do not delay, but put your purpose into action.

Chorus 210O Zeus, have pity upon our troubles lest we are ruined.

Danaus If he wishes it so, all will end well.

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Danaus Invoke now also that bird of Zeus

Chorus We invoke the saving beams of the sun.

Danaus Pure Apollo, too, who, though a god, was exiled once from heaven.

Chorus 215Knowing our lot, he may well have pity on mortals.

Danaus May he have pity indeed, and stand by ready to defend.

Chorus Whom, further, of these divinities must I invoke?

Danaus I behold a trident here, the token of its god.

Chorus Well did he send us here and well may he receive us in this land.

Danaus 220Here, too, is Hermes, according to the Hellenic custom.

Chorus May he then announce good tidings to the free!

Danaus Honor to the mutual altar of all these protecting powers; and seat yourselves on holy ground like a flock of doves in dread of hawks of the same feathered tribe— 225kindred, yet foes, who would defile their race. If bird prey on bird, how can it be pure? And how can man be pure who would seize from an unwilling father an unwilling bride? For such an act, not even in Hades, after death, shall he escape arraignment for outrage. 230There also among the dead, so men tell, another Zeus holds a last judgment upon misdeeds. Take heed and reply in this manner, that victory may attend your cause.



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