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ATHENA
Far off I heard the clamour of your cry,
As by Scamander's side I set my foot
Asserting right upon the land given o'er
To me by those who o'er Achaea's host
Held sway and leadership: no scanty part
Of all they won by spear and sword, to me
They gave it, land and all that grew thereon,
As chosen heirloom for my Theseus' clan.
Thence summoned, sped I with a tireless foot,-
Hummed on the wind, instead of wings, the fold
Of this mine aegis, by my feet propelled,
As, linked to mettled horses, speeds a car.
And now, beholding here Earth's nether brood,
I fear it nought, yet are mine eyes amazed
With wonder. Who are ye? of all I ask,
And of this stranger to my statue clinging.
But ye-your shape is like no human form,
Like to no goddess whom the gods behold,
Like to no shape which mortal women wear.
Yet to stand by and chide a monstrous form
Is all unjust-from such words Right revolts.
LEADER OF THE CHORUS
O child of Zeus, one word shall tell thee all.
We are the children of eternal Night,
And Furies in the underworld are called.
ATHENA
I know your lineage now and eke your name.

LEADER
Yea, and eftsoons indeed my rights shalt know.

ATHENA
Fain would I learn them; speak them clearly forth,

LEADER
We chase from home the murderers of men.

ATHENA
And where at last can he that slew make pause?

LEADER
Where this is law-All joy abandon here.

ATHENA
Say, do ye bay this man to such a flight?

LEADER
Yea, for of choice he did his mother slay.

ATHENA
Urged by no fear of other wrath and doom?

LEADER
What spur can rightly goad to matricide?

ATHENA
Two stand to plead-one only have I heard.

LEADER
He wiR not swear nor challenge us to oath.

ATHENA

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