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Not to slay her bed-fellow, but she will waver
To hear herself called timid, rather than stained with blood;
Of a long speech is need this clearly to discuss.
From these sufferings. Such oracle my ancient
But how and by what means, this needs long speech
Io. Ah me! ah wretched me!
Spasms again and brain-struck
Madness burn me within, and a fly's dart
'Gainst the waves of horrid woe.
CH. Wise, wise indeed was he,
Who first in mind
This weighed, and with the tongue expressed,
To marry according to one's degree is best by far;
To woo those who are by wealth corrupted,
Nor those by birth made great.
Never, never me
May you behold the sharer of Zeus' couch.
may I be brought near to any husband among those from heaven,
For I fear, seeing the virginhood of Io,
Not content with man, through marriage vexed
With these distressful wanderings by Here.
But for myself, since an equal marriage is without fear,
Without war indeed this war, producing
Troubles; nor do I know what would become of me;
PR. Surely shall Zeus, though haughty now,
Yet be humble, such marriage
He prepares to make, which from sovereignty
And the throne will cast him down obscure; and father Kronos'
Which falling from the ancient seats he imprecated.
And refuge from such ills none of the gods
But I can show him clearly.
I know these things, and in what manner. Now therefore
Sounds, and brandishing with both hands his fire-breathing
For nought will these avail him, not
To fall disgracefully intolerable falls;
Himself against himself, a prodigy most hard to be withstood;
And a loud sound surpassing thunder;
And shiver the trident, Neptune's weapon,
CH. Aye, as you hope you vent this against Zeus.
PR. What should I fear, to whom to die has not been fated?
CH. Those reverencing Adrastia are wise.
PR. Revere, pray, flatter each successive ruler.
Let him do, let him prevail this short time
PROMETHEUS, CHORUS, and HERMES.
HER. To thee, the sophist, the bitterly bitter,
The sinner against gods, the giver of honors
But each particular declare; nor cause me
PR. Solemn-mouthed and full of wisdom
Is thy speech, as of the servant of the gods.
To dwell in griefless citadels; have I not seen
And third I shall behold him ruling now,
Basest and speediest. Do I seem to thee
You brought yourself into these woes.
PR. Plainly know, I would not change.
My ill fortune for thy servitude,
For better, I think, to serve this rock
HER. Thou seem'st to enjoy thy present state.
PR. I enjoy? Enjoying thus my enemies
As many as well treated wrong me unjustly.
PR. Aye, I should ail, if ail one's foes to hate. HER. If prosperous, thou couldst not be borne. PR. Ah me!
HER. This word Zeus does not know.
PR. But time growing old teaches all things.
PR. For I should not converse with thee a servant.
HER. Thou seem'st to say nought which the father wishes. PR. And yet his debtor I'd requite the favor.
HER. Thou mock'st me verily as if I were a child.
PR. And art thou not a child, and simpler still than this,
By whom 't is necessary he should fall from sovereignty.
HER. Consider now if these things seem helpful.
PR. Long since these were considered and resolved.
Ne'er let it come into thy mind, that, I, fearing
With womanish upturnings of the hands,
By prayers; but champing at the bit like a new-yoked
For stubbornness to him who is not wise,
But consider, if thou art not persuaded by my words,
What storm and triple surge of ills
Will come upon thee not to be avoided; for first this rugged
The Father 'Il rend, and hide
Thy body, and a strong arm will bury thee.
Succeeding to thy labors, and wish to go to rayless
Therefore deliberate; since this is not made
For to speak falsely does not know the mouth
Look about thee, and consider, nor ever think
CH. To us indeed Hermes appears to say not unseasonable things,
For he directs thee, leaving off
Self-will, to seek prudent counsel.
Obey; for, it is base to err, for a wise man.
PB. To me foreknowing these messages
He has uttered, but for a foe to suffer ill
And with a rough surge mingle
VOL. III. - NO. III.
The sea waves with the passages
HER. Such words and counsels you may hear
For what lacks he of being mad?
And if prosperous, what does he cease from madness?
Do you, therefore, who sympathize
With this one's suffering,
From these places quick withdraw somewhere,
CH. Say something else, and exhort me
Thou hast intolerably abused this word.
I wish to suffer with him whate'er is necessary,
For I have learned to hate betrayers;
Nor is the pest
Which I abominate more than this.
HER. Remember then what I fore-tell;
Nor by calamity pursued
Blame fortune, nor e'er say
Ill has cast you; surely not, but yourselves
And not suddenly nor clandestinely,
PR. Surely indeed, and no more in word,
And a hoarse sound of thunder
Bellows near; and wreathes of lightning
Of all winds, 'gainst one another
H. D. T.