Oedipus Prologue

Oedipus Prologue

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  • Speak, Elder, you are senior here. Say what this pleading means, what frightens you, what you beseech
  • The crops diseased, disease among the herds. The ineffectual womb rotting with its fruit.... Mend the city, make her safe
  • His eyes are bright. O great Apollo, bring him here effulgent with success!
  • Yes, success it is, I think. 
  • Which means?... You leave me half in hope, half buried in despair 
  • Favorable! I'd even say, if all goes well, our wounds will issue into blessings
  • What news royal brother? 
  • The Prince Apollo openly enjoins on us to sever from the body politic a monstrous growth that battens there: stop feeding that which festers
  • By what purge? How diagnosed?
  • But where in the world are they?
  • The city frets with someone's blood...Laius, a king in days before you ruled. Clearly is required the just blood of his assassins
  • "Here", Apollo says, "seek and you shall find. Only that escapes which never was pursued
  • Then I'll go back and drag that shadowed past to light. A search which you and I together will pursue. The cause if Laius therefore is my own. I am resolute, and shall not stop till Apollo's help all-blessed we emerge, or else we are lost-beyond all purge
  • Sire, it was the siren Sphinx of riddles who sang us from the shadowed past to what was sorely present
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