Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus (English) (XML Header) [genre: poetry; drama; tragedy] [word count] [Soph. OT].
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Chorus

He has spoken well, my king, for one who is taking care not to fall: those who are quick in counsel are not sure.

Oedipus

When the stealthy plotter is moving on me quickly, I, too, must be quick in my counterplot. 620If I await him in repose, his ends will have been gained, and mine lost.

Creon

What do you want then? To banish me from the land?

Oedipus

Hardly. I desire your death, not your exile, so that I might show what a thing envy is.

Creon

625Are you resolved not to yield or believe?

Oedipus

<No, for you persuade me that you are unworthy of trust.>

Creon

No, for I see you are not sane.

Oedipus

Sane, at least, in my own interest.

Creon

But you should be so in mine also.

Oedipus

You are false.

Creon

But if you understand nothing?

Oedipus

Still I must rule.

Creon

Not if you rule badly.

Oedipus

Hear him, city of Thebes!

Creon

630The city is mine too, not yours alone.

Chorus

Cease, lords. In good time I see Iocasta coming from the house, with whose help you should resolve your present feud.



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