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Lysistrata   




my share of tolls and taxes, by giving men to the State. But you,


you miserable greybeards, you contribute nothing to the public


charges; on the contrary, you have wasted the treasure of our


forefathers, as it was called, the treasure amassed in the days of the


Persian Wars. You pay nothing at all in return; and into the bargain


you endanger our lives and liberties by your mistakes. Have you one


word to say for yourselves?... Ah! don't irritate me, you there, or


I'll lay my slipper across your jaws; and it's pretty heavy.


CHORUS OF OLD MEN (singing)


Outrage upon outrage! things are going from bad to worse. Let us


punish the minxes, every one of us that has balls to boast of. Come,


off with our tunics, for a man must savour of manhood; come, my


friends, let us strip naked from head to foot. Courage, I say, we


who in our day garrisoned Lipsydrion; let us be young again, and shake


off eld.


LEADER OF CHORUS OF OLD MEN


If we give them the least hold over us, that's the end! their


audacity will know no bounds! We shall see them building ships, and


fighting sea-fights, like Artemisia; and, if they want to mount and


ride as cavalry, we had best cashier the knights, for indeed women


excel in riding, and have a fine. firm seat for the gallop. Just think

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