The mighty Xerxes from Darius sprung, The stream of whose rich blood flows in our veins, Leads against Greece; whether his arrowy shower Shot from the strong-braced bow, or the huge spear High brandish'd, in the deathful field prevails.
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actors Aeschylean Aeschylus Agamemnon anapests ancient ANTISTROPHE appear army Asia Athenian Athens attempt audience battle Bosporus Broadhead chariot choral ode Chorus Oh oh composed daimon Darius dead defeat destroyed dialogue disaster divine dramatic earth echo effect emendation entrance song Eumenides Euripides evil exodos expedition father fear Glaucus gods gone Greece Greek drama Greek tragedy grief hear Hellespont Herodotus Homeric iambic trimeter Ionian island king lament land Libation lines Lord lyric manuscripts Marathon Messenger Messenger's metaphor metre Metrical Schema mourning numbers Oedipus Oedipus the King parodos Pericles Persian Empire Phoenician Women phrase Phrynichus Plataea play poet probably prosperity Queen reference robes royal Salamis scene Scholiast seems Seven Against Thebes ships Sicilian Sophocles sorrow speak spear speech Spirit stanzas story STROPHE suffering suggests Susa theme Themistocles tion tragic translation trilogy trochaic troops turns verb wealth words Xerxes yoke youth Zeus