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ION
What wilt thou say to me?
XUTHUS
I am thy father,
And thou my son.
ION
Who declares this?
XUTHUS
The god,
That nurtured thee, though mine.
ION
Thou to thyself
Art witness.
XUTHUS
By the oracle inform'd.
ION
Misled by some dark answer.
XUTHUS
Well I heard it.
ION
What were the words of Phoebus?
XUTHUS
That who first
Should meet me-
ION
How?-what meeting?
XUTHUS
As I pass'd.
Forth from the temple.
ION
What the event to him?
XUTHUS
He is my son.
ION
Born so, or by some other
Presented?
XUTHUS
Though a present, born my son.
ION
And didst thou first meet me?
XUTHUS
None else, my son.
ION
This fortune whence?
XUTHUS
At that we marvel both.
ION
Who is my mother?
XUTHUS
That I cannot say.
ION
Did not the god inform thee?
XUTHUS
Through my joy,
For this I ask'd not.
ION
Haply from the earth
I sprung, my mother.
XUTHUS
No, the earth no sons
Produces.
ION
How then am I thine?
XUTHUS

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