I have summoned you here this morning because i know that I depend upon you: your devotion to king laius was absolute; you never hesitated in your duty to our late ruler oedipus; and when oedipus died, your loyalty was transferred to his childern. unfortunately, as you know, his two sons, the prince etecoles and polyneices, have killed each other in battle ; and i as next in blood, have succeeded to the full power of the throne.
here is the women she is the guilty one: we found her trying to bury him take her ; judge her as will iam through with the whole thing now, and iam glad for it
i do and i deny nothing it was gods proclamation. that final justice that rules the world below makes no such law.
Antigone with your head hanging do you confess this thing ?
but here is haemon, king, the last of all your sons. (lines 1-3)
Iam your son, father. You are my guide. you make things clear for me, and i obey you no marriage mean more to me (lines 8-10)
we shall soon see, and no need i diviners you heard my final judgment on that girl have you come hating me, or have you come with deference and with love, whatever i do? (lines 4-5)
Reverence is a virtue, but strength lives in established law: that must prevail. you have made your choice; your death is the doing of your conscious hand.
then let me go, since all your words are bitter, and the very light of the sun is cold to me. lead me to my vigil, where i must have neither love nor lamenation; no song, but silence.
if dirges and palnned lamentations could put off death, men would be singing forever take her to the vault and leave her alone there and if she lives or die, that her affair not ours: our hands are clean