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Sophocles, Antigone, 1183-1190


nanEURYDICE: People of Thebes, I heard your words as I was going forth, to salute the goddess Pallas with my prayers. Even as I was loosing the fastenings of the gate, to open it, the message of a household woe smote on mine ear: I sank back, terror-stricken, into the arms of my handmaids, and my senses fled. But say again what the tidings were; I shall hear them as one who is no stranger to sorrow. MESSENGER: Dear lady, I will witness of what I saw, and will leave no word of the truth untold. Why, indeed, should I soothe thee with words in which must presently be found false? Truth is ever best.-I attended thy lord as his guide to the furthest part of the plain, where the body of Polyneices, torn by dogs, still lay unpitied. We prayed the goddess of the roads [Enodion], and Hades, in mercy to restrain their wrath; we washed the dead with holy washing; and with freshly-plucked boughs we solemnly burned such relics as there were. We raised a high mound of his native earth; and then we turned away to enter the maiden's nuptial chamber with rocky couch, the caverned mansion of the bride of Hades. And, from afar off, one of us heard a voice of loud wailing at that bride's unhallowed bower; and came to tell our master Creon. And as the king drew nearer, doubtful sounds of a bitter cry floated around him; he groaned, and said in accents of anguish, 'Wretched that I am, can my foreboding be true? Am I going on the wofullest way that ever I went? My son's voice greets me.-Go, my servants,-haste ye nearer, and when ye have reached the tomb, pass through the gap, where the stones have been wrenched away, to the cell's very mouth,-and look. and see if 'tis Haemon's voice that I: know, or if mine ear is cheated by the gods.' This search, at our despairing master's word, we went to make; and in the furthest part of the tomb we descried her hanging by the neck, slung by a thread-wrought halter of fine linen: while he was embracing her with arms thrown around her waist, bewailing the loss of his bride who is with the dead, and his father's deeds, and his own ill-starred love. But his father, when he saw him, cried aloud with a dread cry and went in, and called to him with a voice of wailing:-'Unhappy, what deed hast thou done! What thought hath come to thee? What manner of mischance hath marred thy reason? Come forth, my child! I pray thee-I implore!' But the boy glared at him with fierce eyes, spat in his face, and, without a word of answer, drew his cross-hilted sword:-as his father rushed forth in flight, he missed his aim;-then, hapless one, wroth with himself, he straightway leaned with all his weight against his sword, and drove it, half its length, into his side; and, while sense lingered, he clasped the maiden to his faint embrace, and, as he gasped, sent forth on her pale cheek the swift stream of the oozing blood. Corpse enfolding corpse he lies; he hath won his nuptial rites, poor youth, not here, yet in the halls of Death; and he hath witnessed to mankind that, of all curses which cleave to man, ill counsel is the sovereign curse. (EURYDICE retires into the house.) LEADER: What wouldst thou augur from this? The lady hath turned back, and is gone, without a word, good or evil. MESSENGER: I, too, am startled; yet I nourish the hope that, at these sore tidings of her son, she cannot deign to give her sorrow public vent, but in the privacy of the house will set her handmaids to mourn the household grief. For she is not untaught of discretion, that she should err. LEADER: I know not; but to me, at least, a strained silence seems to portend peril, no less than vain abundance of lament.


nanPeople of Thebes , I heard your words as I was on my way to the gates to address divine Pallas with my prayers.


nanPeople of Thebes , I heard your words as I was on my way to the gates to address divine Pallas with my prayers.


nanAt one and the same time I was loosening the bolts of the gate to open it, and the sound of a blow to our house struck my ear. In terror I sank back into the arms of my handmaids, and my senses fled.


nanAt one and the same time I was loosening the bolts of the gate to open it, and the sound of a blow to our house struck my ear. In terror I sank back into the arms of my handmaids, and my senses fled.


nanAt one and the same time I was loosening the bolts of the gate to open it, and the sound of a blow to our house struck my ear. In terror I sank back into the arms of my handmaids, and my senses fled.


nanAt one and the same time I was loosening the bolts of the gate to open it, and the sound of a blow to our house struck my ear. In terror I sank back into the arms of my handmaids, and my senses fled.


nanAt one and the same time I was loosening the bolts of the gate to open it, and the sound of a blow to our house struck my ear. In terror I sank back into the arms of my handmaids, and my senses fled.


nanBut repeat what your news was, for I shall hear it with ears that are no strangers to sorrow.


Intertexts (texts cited often on the same page as the searched text):

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1. Sophocles, Ajax, 543, 542 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

2. Sophocles, Antigone, 1067, 1091-1156, 1167-1171, 1184-1190, 1192-1243, 1260-1353, 162-163, 491-492, 988-990, 1066 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

3. Sophocles, Electra, 1406 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)

4. Sophocles, Oedipus At Colonus, 1249 (5th cent. BCE - 5th cent. BCE)



Subjects of this text:

subject book bibliographic info
aeschylus, and space Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 227
agamemnon Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Sophocles (2012) 509
ajax Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Sophocles (2012) 509
antigone Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 490; Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Sophocles (2012) 509
antigone (sophocles), and space Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 227
antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 490
creon Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Sophocles (2012) 509
electra (sophocles), and space Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 227
episodes, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 490
eulogy, of human beings Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 490
eurydice, role of Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 227
eurydice Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Sophocles (2012) 509
eurysaces Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Sophocles (2012) 509
exodos, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 490
interior, virtual Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 227
ismene Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Sophocles (2012) 509
oresteia (aeschylus), and space Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 227
paean, to human beings Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 490
palace, as virtual space Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 227
persians, the (aeschylus), and space Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 227
persians Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Sophocles (2012) 509
pylades' Markantonatos, Brill's Companion to Sophocles (2012) 509
space, virtual Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 227
stasima, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 490
structure, of antigone (sophocles) Jouanna, Sophocles: A Study of His Theater in Its Political and Social Context (2018) 490