I have spoken out the truth.
Ah me unhappy! In what plight do I stand? What secret bane have
received beneath my roof? Hapless that I am! Is she nameless, then, as
her convoy sware?
Nay, illustrious by name as by birth; she is the daughter of
Eurytus, and was once called Iole; she of whose parentage Lichas could
say nothing, because, forsooth, he asked no questions.
LEADER OF THE CHORUS
Accursed, above other evil-doers, be the man whom deeds of
Ah, maidens, what am I to do? These latest tidings have bewildered
Go and inquire from Lichas; perchance he will tell the truth, if
thou constrain him to answer.
Well, I will go; thy counsel is not amiss.
And I, shall I wait here? Or what is thy pleasure?
Remain;- here he comes from the house of his own accord, without
summons from me.
Lady, what message shall I bear to Heracles? Give me thy commands,
for, as thou seest, I am going.
How hastily thou art rushing away, when thy visit had been so long
delayed,- before we have had time for further talk.
Nay, if there be aught that thou would'st ask, I am at thy
Wilt thou indeed give me the honest truth?
Yes, be great Zeus my witness,- in anything that I know,
Who is the woman, then, whom thou hast brought?
She is Euboean; but of what birth, I cannot say.
Sirrah, look at me:- to whom art thou speaking, think'st thou?
And thou- what dost thou mean by such a question?
Deign to answer me, if thou comprehendest.
To the royal Deianeira, unless mine eyes deceive me,- daughter
of Oeneus, wife of Heracles, and my queen.
The very word that I wished to hear from thee:- thou sayest that
she is thy queen?
Yes, as in duty bound.
Well, then, what art thou prepared to suffer, if found guilty of
failing in that duty?
Failing in duty? What dark saying is this?
'Tis none; the darkest words are thine own.