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The Internet Classics Archive | The Persians by Aeschylus by The Persians

The Internet Classics Archive | The Persians by Aeschylus by The Persians

Author:The Persians [Persians, The]
Language: eng
Format: epub
Published: 0101-01-01T00:00:00+00:00


LEADER OF THE CHORUS O Fortune, heavy with affliction's load,

How bath thy foot crush'd all the Persian race!

ATOSSA Ah me, what sorrows for our ruin'd host

Oppress my soul! Ye visions of the night

Haunting my dreams, how plainly did you show

These ills!-You set them in too fair a light.

Yet, since your bidding hath in this prevail'd,

First to the gods wish I to pour my prayers,

Then to the mighty dead present my off 'rings,

Bringing libations from my house: too late,

I know, to change the past; yet for the future,

If haply better fortune may await it,

Behooves you, on this sad event, to guide

Your friends with faithful counsels. Should my son

Return ere I have finish'd, let your voice

Speak comfort to him; friendly to his house

Attend him, nor let sorrow rise on sorrows.

ATOSSA and her retinue go out.



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