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Lysistrata   


of a happy friendship! No more wiles and stratagems! Aid us, oh! aid


us, maiden huntress!


MAGISTRATE


All is for the best; and now, Laconians, take your wives away home


with you, and you, Athenians, yours. May husband live happily with


wife, and wife with husband. Dance, dance, to celebrate our bliss, and


let us be heedful to avoid like mistakes for the future.


CHORUS OF ATHENIANS (singing)


Appear, appear, dancers, and the Graces with you! Let us invoke,


one and all, Artemis, and her heavenly brother, gracious Apollo,


patron of the dance, and Dionysus, whose eye darts flame, as he


steps forward surrounded by the Maenad maids, and Zeus, who wields the


flashing lightning, and his august, thrice-blessed spouse, the Queen


of Heaven! These let us invoke, and all the other gods, calling all


the inhabitants of the skies to witness the noble Peace now


concluded under the fond auspices of Aphrodite. Io Paean! Io Paean!


dance, leap, as in honour of a victory won. Euoi! Euoi! Euai! Euai!


MAGISTRATE


And you, our Laconian guests, sing us a new and inspiring strain!


LACONIAN (singing)


Leave once more, oh! leave once more the noble height of Taygetus,


oh! Muse of Lacedaemon, and join us in singing the praises of Apollo

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