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Prometheus bound   


Would that it were another's craft, not mine!

KRATOS
Why, all things are a burden save to rule
Over the Gods; for none is free but Zeus.
HEPHAESTUS
To that I answer not, knowing it true.
KRATOS
Why, then, make haste to cast the chains about him,
Lest glancing down on thee the Father's eye
Behold a laggard and a loiterer.
HEPHAESTUS
Here are the iron bracelets for his arms.

KRATOS
Fasten them round his arms with all thy strength!
Strike with thy hammer! Nail him to the rocks!
HEPHAESTUS
'Tis done! and would that it were done less well!

KRATOS
Harder-I say-strike harder-screw all tight
And be not in the least particular
Remiss, for unto one of his resource
Bars are but instruments of liberty.
HEPHAESTUS
This forearm's fast: a shackle hard to shift.

KRATOS
Now buckle this! and handsomely! Let him learn
Sharp though he be, he's a dull blade to Zeus.
HEPHAESTUS
None can find fault with this: -save him it tortures.

KRATOS
Now take thine iron spike and drive it in,
Until it gnaw clean through the rebel's breast.

HEPHAESTUS
Woe's me, Prometheus, for thy weight of woe!

KRATOS
Still shirking? still a-groaning for the foes
Of Zeus? Anon thou'lt wail thine own mishap.
HEPHAESTUS
Thou seest what eyes scarce bear to look upon!

KRATOS
I see this fellow getting his deserts!
But strap him with a gelt about his ribs.
HEPHAESTUS
I do what I must do: for thee-less words!

KRATOS
"Words," quotha? Aye, and shout 'em if need be.
Come down and cast a ring-bolt round his legs.
HEPHAESTUS
The thing is featly done; and 'twas quick work.

KRATOS
Now with a sound rap knock the bolt-pins home!
For heavy-handed is thy task-master.
HEPHAESTUS
So villainous a form vile tongue befits. KRATOS

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