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Philoctetes   


CHORUS
That we shall
Most gladly. To the ships, my friends; away! (Going)
Obey your orders.
PHILOCTETES (stops them)
By protecting Jove,
Who hears the suppliant's prayer, do not forsake me!
CHORUS (returning)
Be calm then.
PHILOCTETES
O my friends! will you then stay?
Do, by the gods I beg you.
CHORUS
Why that groan?
PHILOCTETES
Alas! I die. My wound, my wound! Hereafter
What can I do? You will not leave me! Hear-
CHORUS
What canst thou say we do not know already?
PHILOCTETES
O'erwhelmed by such a storm of griefs as I am,
You should not thus resent a madman's frenzy.
CHORUS
Comply then and be happy.
PHILOCTETES
Never, never!
Be sure of that. Tho' thunder-bearing Jove
Should with his lightnings blast me, would I go?
No! Let Troy perish, perish all the host
Who sent me here to die; but, O my friends!
Grant me this last request.
CHORUS
What is it? Speak.
PHILOCTETES
A sword, a dart, some instrument of death.
CHORUS
What wouldst thou do?
PHILOCTETES
I'd hack off every limb.
Death, my soul longs for death.
CHORUS
But wherefore is it?
PHILOCTETES
I'll seek my father.
CHORUS
Whither?
PHILOCTETES
In the tomb;
There he must be. O Scyros! O my country!
How could I bear to see thee as I am-
I who had left thy sacred shores to aid
The hateful sons of Greece? O misery!
(He goes into the cave.)
LEADER OF THE CHORUS (speaking)
Ere now we should have taken thee to our ships,
But that advancing this way I behold
Ulysses, and with him Achilles' son.

(NEOPTOLEMUS enters
still carrying the bow;
he is followed closely by ULYSSES.)


ULYSSES
Why this return? Wherefore this haste?

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