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CHORUS
Heave away, heave! Heave away, heave, heave, oh!
TRYGAEUS
Come, come, there is no working together. Come! all pull at the
same instant! you Boeotians are only pretending. Beware!
HERMES
Come, heave away, heave!
TRYGAEUS
Heave away, heave oh!
CHORUS
Hi! you two pull as well.
TRYGAEUS
Why, I am pulling, I am hanging on to the rope and straining
till I am almost off my feet; I am working with all my might.
CHORUS
Why does not the work advance then?
TRYGAEUS
Lamachus, this is terrible! You are in the way, sitting there.
We have no use for your Medusa's head, friend. But wait, the Argives
have not pulled the least bit; they have done nothing but laugh at
us for our pains while they were getting gain with both hands.
HERMES
Ah! my dear sir, the Laconians at all events pull with vigour.
TRYGAEUS
But look! only those among them who generally hold the plough-tail
show any zeal, while the armourers impede them in their efforts.
HERMES
And the Megarians too are doing nothing, yet look how they are
pulling and showing their teeth like famished curs.
TRYGAEUS
The poor wretches are dying of hunger I suppose.
HERMES
This won't do, friends. Come! all together! Everyone to the work
and with a good heart for the business.
CHORUS
Heave away, heave!
HERMES
Harder!
CHORUS
Heave away, heave!
HERMES
Come on then, by heaven.
CHORUS
We are moving it a little.
TRYGAEUS
Isn't it terrible and stupid! some pull one way and others
another. You Argives there, beware of a thrashing!
HERMES
Come, put your strength into it.
TRYGAEUS
Heave away, heave!
CHORUS
There are many ill-disposed folk among us.
TRYGAEUS
Do you at least, who long for peace, pull heartily.
CHORUS
But there are some who prevent us.
HERMES
Off to the Devil with you, Megarians! The goddess hates you. She
recollects that you were the first to rub her the wrong way.
Athenians, you are not well placed for pulling. There you are too busy
with law-suits; if you really want to free the goddess, get down a
little towards the sea.
LEADER OF THE CHORUS

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