TEIRESIAS You are sick Kreon You are deathly sick KREON As you say it is not my

Teiresias you are sick kreon you are deathly sick

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TEIRESIAS: You are sick, Kreon! You are deathly sick! KREON: As you say: it is not my place to challenge a prophet. TEIRESIAS: Yet you have said my prophecy is for sale. 60 KREON: The generation of prophets has always loved gold. TEIRESIAS: The generation of kings has always loved brass KREON: You forget yourself! You are speaking to the King. TEIRESIAS: I know it. You are a king because of me. KREON: You have a certain skill; but you have sold out. 65 TEIRESIAS: King, you will drive me to words that — KREON: Say them, then! Only remember: I will not pay you for them. TEIRESIAS: No, you will find them too costly. KREON: No doubt. Speak: Whatever you say, you will not change my will. TEIRESIAS: Then take this, and take it to heart! 70 The time is not far off when you shall pay back Corpse for corpse, flesh of your own flesh. You have thrust the child of this world into living night, You have kept from the gods below the child that is theirs: The one in a grave before her death, the other, 75 Dead, denied the grave. This is your crime: And the Furies and the dark gods of Hell Are swift with terrible punishment for you. Do you want to buy me now, Kreon? Not many days, And your house will be full of men and women weeping, 80 And curses will be hurled at you from far Cities grieving for sons unburied, left to rot Before the walls of Thebes. These are my arrows, Kreon: they are all for you,
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(To Boy ) But come, child: lead me home. 85 Let him waste his fine anger upon younger men. Maybe he will learn at last To control a wiser tongue in a better head. (Exit Teiresias.) CHORAGOS : The old man has gone, King, but his words Remain to plague us. I am old, too, 90 But I cannot remember that he was ever false. KREON: That is true .... It troubles me. Oh it is hard to give in! but it is worse To risk everything for stubborn pride. CHORAGOS : Kreon: take my advice. KREON: What shall I do? 95 CHORAGOS: Go quickly: free Antigone from her vault And build a tomb for the body of Polyneices. KREON: You would have me do this! CHORAGOS : Kreon, yes! And it must be done at once: God moves Swiftly to cancel the folly of stubborn men. 100 KREON: It is hard to deny the heart! But I Will do it: 1 will not fight with destiny. CHORAGOS : You must go yourself, you cannot leave it to others. KREON: I will go. — Bring axes, servants: Come with me to the tomb. I buried her, I 105 Will set her free. Oh quickly! My mind misgives — The laws of the gods are mighty, and a man must serve them To the last day of his life! (Exit Kreon.) PAEAN • Strophe 1 CHORAGOS: God of many names CHORUS: O Iacchos son of Kadmeian Semele O born of the Thunder! Guardian of the West Regent of Eleusis' plain O Prince of maenad Thebes and the Dragon Field by rippling Ismenos: 5 Antistrophe 1 CHORAGOS: God of many names
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CHORUS : the flame of torches flares on our hills the nymphs of Iacchos dance at the spring of Castalia from the vine-close mountain come ah come in ivy: Evohe evohe! sings through the streets of Thebes 10 Strophe 2 CHORAGOS : God of many names CHORUS: Iacchos of Thebes heavenly Child of Semele bride of the Thunderer!
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