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Lysistrata   




be in our hands. That is the task assigned to the older women; while


we are here in council, they are going, under pretence of offering


sacrifice, to seize the citadel.


LAMPITO


Well said indeed! everything is going for the best.


LYSISTRATA


Come, quick, Lampito, and let us bind ourselves by an inviolable


oath.


LAMPITO


Recite the terms; we will swear to them.


LYSISTRATA


With pleasure. Where is our Scythian policewoman? Now, what are


you staring at, pray? Lay this shield on the earth before us, its


hollow upwards, and someone bring me the victim's inwards.


CLEONICE


Lysistrata, say, what oath are we to swear?


LYSISTRATA


What oath? Why, in Aeschylus, they sacrifice a sheep, and swear


over a buckler; we will do the same.


CLEONICE


No, Lysistrata, one cannot swear peace over a buckler, surely.

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