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The Suppliants   


Come what come may, 'tis Fate's decree.

SEMI-CHORUS
Soft is thy word-the doom is hard.
SEMI-CHORUS
Thou know'st not what the Fates provide.

SEMI-CHORUS
antistrophe 3

How should I scan Zeus' mighty will,
The depth of counsel undescried?
SEMI-CHORUS
Pray thou no word of omen ill.
SEMI-CHORUS
What timely warning wouldst thou teach?

SEMI-CHORUS
Beware, nor slight the gods in speech.
SEMI-CHORUS
strophe 4

Zeus, hold from my body the wedlock detested, the bridegroom
abhorred!
It was thou, it was thou didst release
Mine ancestress Io from sorrow: thine healing it was that restored,
The touch of thine hand gave her peace.
SEMI-CHORUS
antistrophe 4

Be thy will for the cause of the maidens! of two ills, the lesser
I pray-
The exile that leaveth me pure.
May thy justice have heed to my cause, my prayers to thy mercy find
way!
For the hands of thy saving are sure.

THE END

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