Aeschylus, Suppliant Women (English) (XML Header) [genre: poetry; drama; tragedy] [word count] [Aesch. Supp.].
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Danaus 490We consider it worth much to have gained a champion who is compassionate. Yet send escorts and guides of the country's people with me so we may find where the gods who protect your city have their altars at the temple porches and their . . . seats, 495and that we may go safely through the town. My shape is unlike yours, for Nile and Inachus rear a different race. Beware lest boldness give birth to fear; for through ignorance men have slain those they love.

King 500Come, men, the stranger speaks well. Be his guides to the altars of the city and to the sanctuaries of the gods. Do not speak at length with whomever you meet on the way while you are bringing this seafarer to be a suppliant at the hearths of the gods.Exit Danaus with attendants

Chorus You told him, and let him go as directed. 505But what of me? What am I to do? Where do you assign security to me?

King Leave your boughs here, tokens of your distress.

Chorus Behold, I leave them at your signal and command.

King Go now along this level space about the sanctuary. [Note]

Chorus But it is not holy ground. How can it keep me safe?

King 510Be assured, we will not surrender you to winged creatures' ravishment.

Chorus But what about those whom we dread worse than evil serpents?

King Speak with good omen, as I have spoken auspiciously to you.

Chorus No wonder I am fretful through alarm of mind.

King Excessive fear is always uncontrolled.

Chorus 515Cheer my heart by deeds as well as words.

King Your father will not leave you here alone for long. I am going now to call together the people of the land, that I may make the masses friendly; and I will instruct your father in what things he should say. 520Now stay here and beseech the gods of the land with prayers to grant what you desire, while I go to advance your cause. May persuasion and efficacious fortune attend me!Exit with attendants



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