Aeschylus, Suppliant Women (English) (XML Header) [genre: poetry; drama; tragedy] [word count] [Aesch. Supp.].
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Herald 930But that I may know and tell a plainer tale —for it is fitting that a herald make exact report on each detail—what message am I to deliver? Who is it, am I to tell on my return, that has despoiled me of this band of women, their own cousins? It is not, I suppose, by voice of witnesses that the god of battle judges cases like this; 935nor is it by the gift of silver that he settles dispute; no! If that be the case, many a one shall fall and shuffle off his life.

[King] My name? Why should I tell you? In due course of time you will learn it, you and your companions. 940As for these maids, if, convinced by god-fearing argument, they consent of their own free will and heartily, you may take them. But to this purpose a decree has been passed by the unanimous resolve of the people of the State, never, under compulsion, to surrender this association of women. Through their resolve 945the rivet has been driven home, to remain fixed and fast. Not on tablets is this inscribed, nor has it been sealed in folds of books: you hear the truth from free-spoken lips. Now get out of my sight immediately!

[Herald] 950I think we are about to involve ourselves in a new war. But may victory and authority rest with the men!

[King] It is men, I believe, you will find in the dwellers of this land; and they are no drinkers of diluted wine.Exit Herald.But 955take courage, all of you, and together with your handmaidens, proceed to our well-fenced town, encircled by sturdy devices of towers. As for places inside to lodge, there are plenty of the public sort. For on no modest scale do I myself live, where, 960in company with many others, you may occupy abodes suitably prepared; or, if it is more pleasing to you, it is free for you also to make your home in dwellings of separate sort. Of these select what is best and most to your desires. A protector you have in me and in all the inhabitants, whose resolve this is that now takes effect. 965Why wait for others of higher authority?



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