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By Euripides

This quantity of 3 of Euripides' so much celebrated performs bargains sleek, within your budget, metrical translations that exhibit the wide variety of results of the playwright's verse, from the idiomatic speech of its discussion to the excessive formality of its choral odes.

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It’s me, your little boy. 420 425 430 ADMETUS: She cannot hear or see you. We are stricken— your sister, you, and I—by grim disaster. CHILD: [Antistrophe] Father, I’m just a child: I’m like a ship on the waves all alone, without my mother, feeling so sad. My sister, you are suffering all this together with me . v . . Oh, Father, 22. Most likely, the child is a mute extra and the song is sung by the actor who plays Alcestis. The actor’s mask would conceal the moving lips, and, if the child is clinging to his mother’s corpse, the sound would seem to emanate from him.

It’s all over now for the king and the queen. Every god’s altar is spattered with blood, spiraling smoke. But there is no cure, no cure at all for this evil. ) But look! A servant’s coming from the house streaming in tears. What will I hear from her? It’s natural to grieve, if something’s happened. But I would like to learn about your mistress: is she living still, or has she died? 130 SERVANT: You might say she is both alive and dead. CHORUS: How could she see the light still, if she’s gone? SERVANT: She’s sinking, and her soul is subsiding.

Now it’s time for me to bring her body out. 23 All those in Thessaly who are my subjects, express your sorrow for my wife by wearing black, and cutting your hair. All you who own a single horse, or four-horse chariot team, shear their manes with sharpened iron. Let there be no flute sounded and no lyre plucked throughout the city for a full twelve months. For I shall never bury one more loved than her, nor one who treated me more kindly. She’s worthy of my honor; she alone was kind enough to die on my behalf.

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