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Cruelly conducting, that neither god,
CH. Who so hard-hearted
Of the gods, to whom these things are pleasant?
Who does not sympathize with thy
Misfortunes, excepting Zeus? for he in wrath always
Fixing his stubborn mind,
Afflicts the heavenly race;
Nor will he cease, until his heart is sated;
Or with some palm some one may take the power hard to be taken.
PR. Surely yet, though in strong
Fetters I am now maltreated,
The ruler of the blessed will have need of me,
To show the new conspiracy, by which
He's robbed of sceptre and of honors,
And not at all me with persuasion's honey-tongued
Shrinking from his firm threats, will I
Bonds he may release, and to do justice
CH. You are bold; and to bitter
Woes do nothing yield,
But my mind piercing fear disturbs;
Inaccessible, and a heart hard to be dissuaded has the son of
PR. I know, that- Zeus is stern and having
He will one day be, when thus he's crushed,
CH. The whole account disclose and tell us plainly,
Thus disgracefully and bitterly insults;
Inform us, if you are nowise hurt by the recital.
PR. Painful indeed it is to me to tell these things,
And a pain to be silent, and every way unfortunate.
That Zeus might reign, forsooth, others the contrary
They thought without trouble to rule by force;
How the future should be accomplished had foretold,
That not by power, nor by strength
Would it be necessary, but by craft the victors should prevail.
They deigned not to regard at all.
The best course therefore of those occurring then
Appeared to be, taking my mother to me,
Of my own accord to side with Zeus glad to receive me;
And by my counsels Tartarus' black-pitted
Depth conceals the ancient Kronos,
He sat, he straightway to the gods distributes honors,
The government; but of unhappy mortals account
CH. Of iron heart and made of stone,
Whoe'er, Prometheus, with thy sufferings
Does not grieve; for I should not have wished to see
PR. Indeed to friends I'm piteous to behold.
CH. Did you in no respect go beyond this?
PR. True, mortals I made cease foreseeing fate.
Cн. A great advantage this you gave to men.
PR. Beside these, too, I bestowed on them fire.
Cн. And have mortals flamy fire?
PR. From which indeed they will learn many arts.
CH. Upon such charges then does Zeus
Maltreat you, and nowhere relax from ills?
PR. Nay, none at all, but when to him it may seem good.
CH. And how will it seem good? What hope? See you not that
PR. Easy, whoever out of trouble holds his
Foot, to admonish and remind those faring
Willing, willing I erred, I'll not deny ;
CH. Not to unwilling ears do you urge
And now with light foot the swift-rushing
Seat leaving, and the pure ether,
Path of birds, to this peaked
PROMETHEUS, CHORUS, and OCEANUS.
Oc. I come to the end of a long way
For at thy fortunes know I grieve.
Impels me, but apart from birth,
There's not to whom a higher rank
I would assign than thee.
And you will know these things as true, and not in vain
For never will you say, than Ocean
PR. Alas! what now? And you then of my sufferings
The stream which bears thy name, and rock-roofed
Earth to go? To behold my fate
Hast come, and to compassionate my ills?
Oc. I see, Prometheus, and would admonish
Thee the best, although of varied craft.
New; for new also the king among the gods.
Thou wilt hurl out, quickly may Zeus, though sitting
Far above, hear thee, so that thy present wrath
Of troubles child's play will seem to be.
But, O wretched one, dismiss the indignation which thou hast,
And seek deliverance from these woes.
Like an old man, perhaps, I seem to thee to say these things;
Of the too lofty speaking tongue, Prometheus,
But thou art not yet humble, nor dost yield to ills,
And beside the present wish to receive others still.
Against the pricks extend your limbs, seeing that
And now I go, and will endeavor,
If I can, to release thee from these sufferings.
Knows't thou not well, with thy superior wisdom, that
PR. I congratulate thee that thou art without blame,
Having shared and dared all with me,
And now leave off, and let it not concern thee.
For altogether thou wilt not persuade him, for he's not easily persuaded,
But take heed yourself lest you be injured by the way.
Oc. Far better thou art to advise those near
Than thyself; by deed and not by word I judge.
PR. So far I praise thee, and will never cease;
For I would not, though I'm unfortunate, that on this ac
Evils should come to many.
Oc. Surely not, for me too the fortunes of thy brother
Upon his shoulders bearing, a load not easy to be borne.
Hammers the ignited mass, whence will burst out at length
Fair-fruited Sicily's smooth fields;
Such rage will Typhon make boil over
With hot discharges of insatiable fire-breathing tempest,
PR. Thou art not inexperienced, nor dost want
My counsel; secure thyself as thou know'st how;
Oc. Know'st thou not this, Prometheus, that
Words are healers of distempered wrath? PR. If any seasonably soothe the heart,
And swelling passion check not rudely. Oc. In the consulting and the daring
What harm seest thou existing? Teach me. PR. Trouble superfluous, and light-minded folly. Oc. Be this my ail then, since it is
Most profitable being wise not to seem wise.
PR. This will seem to be my error.
Oc. Plainly homeward thy words remand me.
Oc. To the new occupant of the all-powerful seats?