What’s this they’re saying now,something our general has had proclaimed throughout the city? Do you know of it?Have you heard? Or have you just missed the news? Dishonours which better fit our enemies are now being piled up on the ones we love.
I’ve had no word at all, Antigone, nothing good or bad about our family, not since we two lost both our brothers, killed on the same day by a double blow.
Men, after much tossing of our ship of state,the gods have safely set things right again.Of all the citizens I’ve summoned you,because I know how well you showed respectfor the eternal power of the throne,
[Enter the Guard, with Antigone]
This here’s the one who carried out the act.We caught her as she was burying the corpse.Where’s Creon?
Why have I come “just in time”? What’s happening? What is it?
He’s coming from the house—and just in time
My son, have you heard the sentence that’s been passed upon your bride? And have you now come here angry at your father? Or are you loyal to me, on my side no matter what I do?
Father, I’m yours. For me your judgmentsand the ways you act on them are good—I shall follow them. I’ll not considerany marriage a greater benefit than your fine leadership.
Look at me, my native citizens,as I go on my final journey,as I gaze upon the sunlight one last time,which I’ll never see again—for Hades,who brings all people to their final sleep,leads me on, while I’m still living, down to the shores of Acheron. I’ve not yet had my bridal chant,nor has any wedding song been sung— for my marriage is to Acheron.
Surely you carry fame with you and praise,as you move to the deep home of the dead.You were not stricken by lethal disease or paid your wages with a sword.
But, old Teiresias, among human beings the wisest suffer a disgraceful fall when, to promote themselves, they use fine words to spread around abusive insults.
What’s the glory in killing a dead person one more time? I’ve been concerned for you. It’s good advice. Learning can be pleasant when a man speaks well, especially when he seeks your benefit.