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Lysistrata   


LACONIAN ENVOY


We have come to treat for peace.


MAGISTRATE


Well said; we are of the same mind. Better call Lysistrata,


then; she is the only person will bring us to terms.


LACONIAN ENVOY


Yes, yes-and Lysistratus into the bargain, if you will.


MAGISTRATE


Needless to call her; she has heard your voices, and here she


comes.


(She comes out of the Acropolis.)


LEADER OF CHORUS OF OLD MEN


Hail, boldest and bravest of womankind! The time is come to show


yourself in turn uncompromising and conciliatory, exacting and


yielding, haughty and condescending. Call up all your skill and


artfulness. Lo! the foremost men in Hellas, seduced by your


fascinations, are agreed to entrust you with the task of ending


their quarrels.


LYSISTRATA


It will be an easy task-if only they refrain from mutual


indulgence in masculine love; if they do, I shall know the fact at


once. Now, where is the gentle goddess Peace? (The goddess, in the

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