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THE SACRIFICE OF IPHIGENIA

THE SACRIFICE OF IPHIGENIA - T HE SACRIFICE OF IPH IGEN...

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THE SACRIFICE OF IPHIGENIA (from "Agamemnon") by: Aeschylus OW long and long from wintry Strymon blew The weary, hungry, anchor-straining blasts, The winds that wandering seamen dearly rue, Nor spared the cables worn and groaning masts; And, lingering on, in indolent delay, Slow wasted all the strength of Greece away. But when the shrill-voiced prophet 'gan proclaim That remedy more dismal and more dread Than the drear weather blackening overhead, And spoke in Artemis' most awful name, The sons of Atreus, 'mid their armed peers, Their sceptres dashed to earth, and each broke out in tears, And thus the elder king began to say: "Dire doom! to disobey the gods' commands! More dire, my child, mine house's pride, to slay, Dabbling in virgin blood a father's hands. Alas! alas! which way to fly? As base deserter quit the host, The pride and strength of our great league all lost?
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Should I the storm-appeasing rite deny, Will not their wrathfullest wrath rage up and swell?
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