Euripides, Hecuba (English) (XML Header) [genre: poetry; drama; tragedy] [word count] [Eur. Hec.].
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Hecuba

A noble speech, my daughter! but there is sorrow linked with its noble sentiments. Odysseus, if you must please the son of Peleus, and avoid reproach, 385 do not slay this maid, but lead me to Achilles' pyre and torture me unsparingly; it was I that bore Paris, whose fatal shaft laid low the son of Thetis.

Odysseus

It is not your death, my lady, that Achilles' ghost 390 has demanded of the Achaeans, but hers.

Hecuba

At least then slaughter me with my child; so shall there be a double drink of blood for the earth and the dead that claims this sacrifice.

Odysseus

The maiden's death suffices; no need to add 395 a second to the first; would we did not need even this!

Hecuba

Die with my daughter I must and will.

Odysseus

How so? I did not know I had a master.

Hecuba

I will cling to her like ivy to an oak.

Odysseus

Not if you will listen to those who are wiser than you.

Hecuba

400 Be sure I will never willingly relinquish my child.

Odysseus

Well, be equally sure I will never go away and leave her here.



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