Stories from the Greek Tragedians

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Scribner & Welford, 1880 - Children's stories - 257 pages
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Page 105 - Perish all these fightings and troubles!" "They will cause many to perish, and me most miserably of all." "Art thou going a journey from me, my father?" "Ay, and thou also hast a journey to make." "Must I make it alone, or with my mother?" "Alone; neither father nor mother may be with thee.
Page 111 - I would, my father, that I had the voice of Orpheus, who made even the rocks to follow him, that I might persuade thee; but now all that I have I give, even these tears. O my father, I am thy child; slay me not before my time. This light is sweet to look upon. Drive me not from it to the land of darkness. I was the first to call thee father; and the first to whom thou didst say 'my child.
Page 87 - We cleared away the dust from the dead body, and sat watching it. And when it was now noon, and the sun was at his height, there came a whirlwind over the plain, driving a great cloud of dust. And when this had passed, we looked, and lo! this maiden whom we have brought hither stood by the dead corpse. And when she saw that it lay bare as before, she sent up an exceeding bitter cry, even as a bird whose young ones have been taken from the nest. Then she cursed them that had done this deed; and brought...
Page 93 - And how wilt thou deal with the other?" "There is a desolate place, and there I will shut her up alive in a sepulchre; yet giving her so much of food as shall quit us of guilt in the matter, for I would not have the city defiled. There let her persuade Death whom she loveth so much, that he harm her not." So the guards led Antigone away to shut her up alive in the sepulchre. But scarcely had they departed when there came an old prophet Tiresias, seeking the King. Blind he was, so that a boy led him...
Page 84 - I have not come hither in haste, O King, nay, I doubted much, while I was yet on the way, whether I should not turn again. For now I thought, ' Fool, why goest thou where thou shalt suffer for it ; ' and then again, ' Fool, the King will hear the matter elsewhere, and then how wilt thou fare?' But at the last I came as I had purposed, for I know that nothing may happen to me contrary to fate.
Page 107 - But the maidens at home should not be left alone." " They are well kept in their chambers." " Be persuaded, lady." " Not so : thou shalt order that which is without the house, but I that which is within." But now came Achilles, to tell the King that the army was growing impatient, saying that, unless they might sail speedily to Troy, they would return each man to his home. And when the Queen heard his name — for he had said to the attendant, " Tell thy master that Achilles, the son of Peleus, would...
Page 96 - and I am troubled in heart, and yet am loath to depart from my purpose." "King Creon," said the old men, "thou needest good counsel." "What, then, would ye have done?" ''Set free the maiden from the sepulchre, and give this dead man burial." Then the King cried to his people that they should bring bars wherewith to loosen the doors of the sepulchre, and hastened with them to the place. But coming on their way to the body of Prince Polynices, they took it up, and washed it, and buried that which remained...
Page 2 - ... his kinsmen and friends and asked this thing of them, but found no one that was willing so to die; only Alcestis his wife was willing. And when the day was come on the which it was appointed for her to die, Death came that he might fetch her. And when he was come, he found Apollo walking to and for before the palace of King Admetus, having his bow in his hand. And when Death saw him, he said: "What doest thou here, Apollo? Is it not enough for thee to have kept Admetus from his doom? Dost thou...

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