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The Persians   


Bears other import, to inwrap, to hide it
Close in the covering earth's profoundest gloom.
This, in the presage of my thoughts that flow
Benevolent to thee, have I proposed;
And all, we trust, shall be successful to thee.

ATOSSA
Thy friendly judgment first hath placed these dreams
In a fair light, confirming the event
Benevolent to my son and to my house.
May all the good be ratified! These rites
Shall, at thy bidding, to the powers of heaven,
And to the manes of our friends, be paid
In order meet, when I return; meanwhile
Indulge me, friends, who wish to be inform'd
Where, in what clime, the towers of Athens rise.

LEADER
Far in the west, where sets the imperial sun.

ATOSSA
Yet my son will'd the conquest of this town.

LEADER
May Greece through all her states bend to his power!

ATOSSA
Send they embattled numbers to the field?

LEADER
A force that to the Medes hath wrought much wo.

ATOSSA
Have they sufficient treasures in their houses?

LEADER
Their rich earth yields a copious fount of silver.

ATOSSA
From the strong bow wing they the barbed shaft?

LEADER
They grasp the stout spear, and the massy shield.
ATOSSA
What monarch reigns, whose power commands their ranks?

LEADER
Slaves to no lord, they own no kingly power.

ATOSSA
How can they then resist the invading foe?

LEADER
As to spread havoc through the numerous host,
That round Darius form'd their glitt'ring files.

ATOSSA
Thy words strike deep, and wound the parent's breast
Whose sons are march'd to such a dangerous field.

LEADER
But, if I judge aright, thou soon shalt hear
Each circumstance; for this way, mark him, speeds
A Persian messenger; he bears, be sure,

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