stay at home as coy as a young maid, without hurting anybody or moving
any more than a milestone; but 'ware the wasps, if you go stirring
up the wasps' nest!
CHORUS OF OLD MEN (singing)
Ah! great gods! how get the better of these ferocious creatures?
'tis past all bearing! But come, let us try to find out the reason
of the dreadful scourge. With what end in view have they seized the
citadel of Cranaus, the sacred shrine that is raised upon the
inaccessible rock of the Acropolis?
LEADER OF CHORUS OF OLD MEN (to the MAGISTRATE)
Question them; be cautious and not too credulous. It would be
culpable negligence not to pierce the mystery, if we may.
MAGISTRATE (addressing the women)
I would ask you first why you have barred our gates.
To seize the treasury; no more money, no more war.
Then money is the cause of the war?
And of all our troubles. It was to find occasion to steal that
Pisander and all the other agitators were forever raising revolutions.