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PR. Beware lest ever his heart be angered.
Oc. To me rushing this word you utter.
For the smooth path of the air sweeps with his wings
And with a roar the sea waves
Dashing, groans the deep,
And the dark depth of Hades murmurs underneath
PR. Think not indeed through weakness or through pride
That I am silent; for with the consciousness I gnaw my heart,
And yet to these new gods their shares
And possessed of sense them ignorant before.
Knew they, placed in the sun, nor wood-work;
Ants, in sunless nooks of caves.
And there was nought to them, neither of winter sign,
Summer, that was sure; but without knowledge
Of the stars, and goings down, hard to determine.
I found out for them, and the assemblages of letters,
Obedient to the yoke; and that they might be
In the severest toils, has harnessed the rein-loving horses
Such inventions I wretched having found out
CH. You suffer unseemly ill, deranged in mind
PR. Hearing the rest from me more will you wonder,
Of medicines they were reduced to skeletons, till to them
I showed the mingling of mild remedies,
By which all ails they drive away.
And many modes of prophecy I settled,
Vision is required to be, and omens hard to be determined
I made known to them; and tokens by the way,
And flight of crooked-taloned birds I accurately
And unlucky, and what mode of life
Have each, and to one another what
Such indeed these; and under ground
Concealed the helps to men,
Brass, iron, silver, gold, who
Would affirm that he discovered before me?
None, I well know, not wishing in vain to boast.
All arts from mortals to Prometheus.
CH. Assist not mortals now unseasonably,
And neglect yourself unfortunate; for I
PR. Never thus has Fate the Accomplisher
Decreed to fulfil these things, but by a myriad ills
CH. Who then is helmsman of necessity?
PR. The Fates three-formed, and the remembering Furies.
CH. Than these then is Zeus weaker?
PR. Aye, he could not escape what has been fated.
PR. This thou wilt not learn; seek not to know.
CH. Surely some awful thing it is which you withhold.
PR. Remember other words, for this by no means
As much as possible; for keeping this do I
And that which round thy baths
And couch I hymned,
With the design of marriage, when my father's child
PROMETHEUS, CHORUS, and Io.
Io What earth, what race, what being shall I say is this I see in bridles of rock
Exposed? By what crime's
Penalty dost thou perish? Show, to what part
Ah ah alas! alas!
Again some fly doth sting me wretched,
In what sin ever having taken,
To these afflictions hast thou yoked me? alas! alas!
Phrenzied one dost thus afflict?
To sea monsters give for food, nor
Have exercised me, nor can I learn where
CH. Hear'st thou the address of the cow-horned virgin?
PR. And how not hear the fly-whirled virgin,
Daughter of Inachus, who Zeus' heart warmed
Io. Whence utterest thou my father's name,
That to me, O suffering one, me born to suffer,
Thus true things dost address?
The god-sent ail thou 'st named,
Rushing headlong, I came,"
By wrathful plots subdued.
Who of the wretched, who, alas! alas! suffers like me?
But to me clearly show
What me awaits to suffer,
What not necessary; what remedy of ill,
PR. I'll clearly tell thee all you wish to learn.
Io. O thou who didst appear a common help to mortals,
PR. I have scarce ceased my sufferings lamenting.
Io. Would you not grant this favor to me?
ask; for 'd learn all from me.
PR. The will indeed of Zeus, Hephaistus' hand.
PR. Thus much only can I show thee.
Io. But beside this, declare what time will be
PR. Not to learn is better for thee than to learn these things.
Io. Conceal not from me what I am to suffer.
PR. Indeed, I grudge thee not this favor.
Io. Why then dost thou delay to tell the whole?