All thy words, at least, plead for that girl.
And for thee, and for me, and for the gods below.
Thou canst never marry her, on this side the grave.
Then she must die, and in death destroy another.
How! doth thy boldness run to open threats?
What threat is it, to combat vain resolves?
Thou shalt rue thy witless teaching of wisdom.
Wert thou not my father, I would have called thee unwise.
Thou woman's slave, use not wheedling speech with me.
Thou wouldest speak, and then hear no reply?
Sayest thou so? Now, by the heaven above us-be sure of it-thou
shalt smart for taunting me in this opprobrious strain. Bring forth
that hated thing, that she may die forthwith in his presence-before
his eyes-at her bridegroom's side!
No, not at my side-never think it-shall she perish; nor shalt thou
ever set eyes more upon my face:-rave, then, with such friends as
can endure thee.
The man is gone, O king, in angry haste; a youthful mind, when
stung, is fierce.
Let him do, or dream, more than man-good speed to him!-But he
shall not save these two girls from their doom.
Dost thou indeed purpose to slay both?
Not her whose hands are pure: thou sayest well.
And by what doom mean'st thou to slay the other?
I will take her where the path is loneliest, and hide her, living,
in rocky vault, with so much food set forth as piety prescribes,
that the city may avoid a public stain. And there, praying to Hades,
the only god whom she worships, perchance she will obtain release from
death; or else will learn, at last, though late, that it is lost
labour to revere the dead.
(CREON goes into the palace.)
Love, unconquered in the fight, Love, who makest havoc of
wealth, who keepest thy vigil on the soft cheek of a maiden; thou
roamest over the sea, and among the homes of dwellers in the wilds; no
immortal can escape thee, nor any among men whose life is for a day;
and he to whom thou hast come is mad.
The just themselves have their minds warped by thee to wrong,
for their ruin: 'tis thou that hast stirred up this present strife
of kinsmen; victorious is the love-kindling light from the eyes of the