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Unformatted text preview: Royalty Free Plays.com S O P H O C L E S ANTIGONE Antigone by Sophocles Formating 2009 by RoyalTy Free Plays www.royaltyfreeplays.com Cover photo courtesy John Hunter htp://www.nonzeroone.com/main.hTml Models: Sarah BuTcher and Lara STavrinou, from Jean CocTeaus Antigone directed by Mariana Sastre ANTIGONE by Sophocles ranslaTion by F. STorr, BA ANTIGONE and ISMENE , daughTers of Oedipus and sisTers of Polyneices and ETeocles CREON , King of hebes HAEMON , Son of Creon, beTroThed To AnTigone EURYDICE , wife of Creon TEIRESIAS , The propheT CHORUS , of heban elders GUARD MESSENGER SECOND MESSENGER Antgone 4 Antgone 5 [ANTIGONE and ISMENE before the Palace gates.] ANTIGONE Ismene, sister of my blood and heart, Seest thou how Zeus would in our lives fulFll The weird of Oedipus, a world of woes! or what of pain, aiction, outrage, shame, Is lacking in our fortunes, thine and mine? And now this proclamation of today Made by our Captain-General to the State, What can its purport be? Didst hear and heed, Or art thou deaf when friends are banned as foes? ISMENE To me, Antigone, no word of friends Has come, or glad or grievous, since we twain Were reft of our two brethren in one day By double fratricide; and since i the night Our Argive leaguers ed, no later news Has reached me, to inspirit or deject. ANTIGONE I know twas so, and therefore summoned thee Beyond the gates to breathe it in thine ear. ISMENE What is it? Some dark secret stirs thy breast. ANTIGONE What but the thought of our two brothers dead, The one by Creon graced with funeral rites, The other disappointed? Eteocles He hath consigned to earth (as fame reports) With obsequies that use and wont ordain, So gracing him among the dead below. But Polyneices, a dishonored corse, (So by report the royal edict runs) No man may bury him or make lament-- Must leave him tombless and unwept, a feast For kites to scent afar and swoop upon. Such is the edict (if report speak true) Of Creon, our most noble Creon, aimed At thee and me, aye me too; and anon He will be here to promulgate, for such As have not heard, his mandate; tis in sooth No passing humor, for the edict says Whoeer transgresses shall be stoned to death. So stands it with us; now tis thine to show If thou art worthy of thy blood or base. ISMENE But how, my rash, fond sister, in such case Can I do anything to make or mar? ANTIGONE Say, wilt thou aid me and abet? Decide. ISMENE In what bold venture? What is in thy thought? ANTIGONE Lend me a hand to bear the corpse away. ISMENE What, bury him despite the interdict? ANTIGONE My brother, and, though thou deny him, thine No man shall say that I betrayed a brother. ISMENE Wilt thou persist, though Creon has forbid?...
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