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Lysistrata   



the music of flutes; they are followed by the women under the


leadership of LYSISTRATA.)





A LACONIAN


My dear, sweet friend, come, take your flute in hand; I would fain


dance and sing my best in honour of the Athenians and our noble


selves.


ATHENIAN


Yes, take your flute, in the gods'name. What a delight to see


him dance!


LACONIAN (dancing and singing)


Oh! Mnemosyne! inspire these men, inspire my muse who knows our


exploits and those of the Athenians. With what a god-like ardour did


they swoop down at Artemisium on the ships of the Medes! What a


glorious victory was that! For the soldiers of Leonidas, they were


like fierce boars whetting their tusks. The sweat ran down their


faces, and drenched all their limbs, for verily the Persians were as


many as the sands of the seashore. Oh! Artemis, huntress queen,


whose arrows pierce the denizens of the woods, virgin goddess, be thou


favourable to the peace we here conclude; through thee may our


hearts be long united! May this treaty draw close for ever the bonds

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