Euripides, Volume 4

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W. Heinemann, 1912

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Page 295 - On her heart may the dews of comfort fall. MEDEA (behind the scenes) Would God that the flame of the lightning from heaven descending, descending, Might burn through mine head ! — for in living wherein any more is my gain ? Alas and alas ! Would God I might bring to an ending, an ending, The life that I loathe, and behind me might cast all its burden of pain ! XOPO2 tec, S) Zev Kai y ксй фыч, <пр.
Page 309 - So, doubtless, this in prudence hast thou done. Nay, but I grudge not thy prosperity. Wed ye, and prosper. But in this your land Still let me dwell : for I, how wronged soe'er, Will hold my peace, o'ermastered by the strong.
Page 307 - Ne'er should the man whose heart is sound of wit Let teach his sons more wisdom than the herd. They are burdened with unprofitable lore, And spite and envy of other folk they earn. For, if thou bring strange wisdom unto dullards, Useless shalt thou be counted, and not wise : And, if thy fame outshine those heretofore 300 Held wise, thou shalt be odious in men's eyes.
Page 303 - We women are of all unhappiest, Who, first, must buy, as buys the highest bidder, A husband — nay, we do but win for our lives A master ! Deeper depth of wrong is this. Here too is dire risk — will the lord we gain Be evil or good ? Divorce ?• — 'tis infamy To us : we may not even reject a suitor...
Page 369 - Knew love's wild fever of the blood, The pains, the joys, of motherhood, Passeth all parents' joy-blent care. The childless, they that never prove If sunshine comes, or cloud, to men With babes, far lie beyond their ken The toils, the griefs, of parent-love. But they whose halls with laughter sweet Of children ring— I mark them aye Care-fretted, travailing alway To win their loved ones nurture meet.
Page 321 - That sleepless kept it with his manifold coils, I slew, and raised deliverance-light for thee. Myself forsook my father and mine home, And to lolcos under Pelion came With thee, more zealous in thy cause than wise. Pelias I slew by his own children's hands — Of all deaths worst, — and dashed their house to ruin. Thus dealt with, basest of all men, by me, For a new bride hast thou forsaken me, Though I had borne thee children ! Wert thou childless, 490 Not past forgiving were this marriage-craving.
Page 305 - But ah, thy story is not one with mine! Thine is this city, thine a father's home, Thine bliss of life and fellowship of friends; But I, lone, cityless, and outraged thus Of him who kidnapped me from foreign shores, Mother nor brother have I, kinsman none, For port of refuge from calamity.
Page 11 - Ion. Lo, yonder the Sun-god is turning to earthward his splendour-blazing Chariot of light ; And the stars from the firmament flee from the fiery arrows chasing, To the sacred night : And the crests of Parnassus untrodden are flaming and flushed, as with yearning Of welcome to far-flashing wheels with the glory of daylight returning To mortal sight.
Page 325 - Thou dwelledst yet, thou hadst not lived in story. Now mine be neither gold mine halls within, Nor sweeter song be mine than Orpheus sang, If my fair fortune be to fame unknown. Thus far of my great labours have I spoken, — This challenge to debate didst thou fling...
Page 397 - O the works of the Gods — in manifold wise they reveal them : Manifold things unhoped-for the Gods to accomplishment bring. And the things that we looked for, the Gods deign not to fulfil them ; 1390 And the paths undiscerned 01 our eyes, the Gods unseal them. So fell this marvellous thing. [Exeunt OMNES. VOL. Ill E APPENDIX TO THE "BACCHANALS.