Aeschylus, Suppliant Women (English) (XML Header) [genre: poetry; drama; tragedy] [word count] [Aesch. Supp.].
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Herald If you will not resign yourself and get to the ship, rending will have no pity on the fabric of your garments.

Chorus We are lost! O King, we are suffering impious violence!

Herald 905Oh, you will soon see many kings in Aegyptus' sons. Be of good cheer: you will not have to blame lack of government.

[Chorus] Listen! Chiefs and rulers of the city, I am threatened with violence!

[Herald] I think I will have to seize you by the hair and drag you off 910since you are slow to heed my orders.

Enter the King with retainers

King You there! What are you doing? What kind of arrogance has incited you to do such dishonor to this realm of Pelasgian men? Indeed, do you think you have come to a land of women? For a barbarian dealing with Hellenes, you act insolently. 915Many are the misses of your wits, and your hits are none.

Herald And in this case where have I gone wrong and transgressed my right?

King First of all, you do not know how to act as a stranger.

Herald I not know? How so, when I simply find and take my own that I had lost?

King To what patrons of your land was your notice given?

Herald 920To Hermes, the Searcher, greatest of patrons.

King For all your notice to the gods, you do them no reverence.

Herald I revere the deities by the Nile.

King While ours are nothing, as I understand you?

Herald I shall carry off these maids unless someone tears them away.

King 925If you so much as touch them, you will regret it, and right soon.

Herald I hear you; and your speech is far from hospitable.

King No, since I have no hospitality for despoilers of the gods.

Herald I will go and tell Aegyptus' sons about this.

King My proud spirit will not ponder on this threat.



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