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The Frogs   


That's a dreadful thing to do.
DIONYSUS
Much more dreadful, if I row
Till I burst myself, I trow.
FROGS and DIONYSUS
Brekekekex, ko-ax, ko-ax.
DIONYSUS
Go, hang yourselves; for what care I?
FROGS
All the same we'll shout and cry,
Stretching all our throats with song,
Shouting, crying, all day long,
FROGS and DIONYSUS
Brekekekex, ko-ax, ko-ax.
DIONYSUS
In this you'll never, never win.
FROGS
This you shall not beat us in.
DIONYSUS
No, nor ye prevail o'er me.
Never! never! I'll my song,
Shout, if need be, all day Yong,
Until I've learned to master your ko-ax.
Brekekekex, ko-ax, ko-ax.
I thought I'd put a stop to your ko-ax.
CHARON
Stop! Easy! Take the oar and push her to.
Now pay your fare and go.
DIONYSUS
Here' tis: two obols.
Xanthias! where's Xanthias? Is it Xanthias there?
XANTHIAS (off stage)
Hoi, hoi!
DIONYSUS
Come hither.
XANTHIAS (Entering)
Glad to meet you, master.
DIONYSUS
What have you there?
XANTHIAS
Nothing but filth and darkness.
DIONYSUS
But tell me, did you see the parricides
And perjured folk he mentioned?
XANTHIAS
Didn't you?
DIONYSUS
Poseidon, yes. Why look! (pointing to the audience)
I see them now.
What's the next step?
XANTHIAS
We'd best be moving on.
This is the spot where Heracles declared
Those savage monsters dwell.
DIONYSUS
O hang the fellow.
That's all his bluff: he thought to scare me off,
The jealous dog, knowing my plucky ways.
There's no such swaggerer lives as Heracles.
Why, I'd like nothing better than to achieve
Some bold adventure, worthy of our trip.
XANTHIAS
I know you would. Hallo! I hear a noise.
DIONYSUS

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