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PEACE by Aristophanes, Part 07

TRYGAEUS
Quick, reach me your cup, and let us preface our work by
addressing prayers to the gods.
Hermes
Libation! Libation! Silence! Let us offer our libations and our
prayers, so that this day may begin an era of unalloyed happiness
for Greece and that he who has bravely pulled at the rope with us
may never resume his buckler.
TRYGAEUS
Aye, may we pass our lives in peace, caressing our mistresses
and poking the fire.
Hermes
May he who would prefer the war, oh Dionysus....
TRYGAEUS
Be ever drawing barbed arrows out of his elbows.
Hermes
If there be a citizen, greedy for military rank and honours, who
refuses, oh, divine Peace! to restore you to daylight....
TRYGAEUS
May he behave as cowardly as Cleonymus on the battlefield.
Hermes
If a lance-maker or a dealer in shields desires war for the sake
of better trade....
TRYGAEUS
May he be taken by pirates and eat nothing but barley.
Hermes
If some ambitious man does not help us, because he wants to become
a General, or if a slave is plotting to pass over to the enemy....
TRYGAEUS
Let his limbs be broken on the wheel, may he be beaten to death
with rods!
Hermes
As for us, may Fortune favour us! Io! Paean, Io!
TRYGAEUS
Don't say Paean, but simply, Io.
Hermes
Very well, then! Io! Io! Io! I'll simply say, Io!
TRYGAEUS
To Hermes, the Graces, the Horae, Aphrodite, Eros!
Hermes
But not to Ares.
TRYGAEUS
No.
Hermes
Nor to Enyalius.
TRYGAEUS
No.
(The stones have been removed and a rope attacked to the cover of
the pit. The indented portions of the following scene are a sort
of chanty.)
Hermes
Come, all strain at the ropes to tear off the cover. Pull!
CHORUS
Heave away, heave, heave, oh!
Hermes
Come, pull harder, harder.
CHORUS
Heave away, heave, heave, oh!
Hermes
Still harder, harder still.
CHORUS
Heave away, heave! Heave away, heave, heave, oh!
TRYGAEUS
Come, come, there is no working together. Come! all pull at the
same instant! you Boeotians are only pretending. Beware!
Hermes
Come, heave away, heave!
TRYGAEUS
Heave away, heave oh!
CHORUS
Hi! you two pull as well.
TRYGAEUS
Why, I am pulling, I am hanging on to the rope and straining
till I am almost off my feet; I am working with all my might.
CHORUS
Why does not the work advance then?
TRYGAEUS
Lamachus, this is terrible! You are in the way, sitting there.
We have no use for your Medusa's head, friend. But wait, the Argives
have not pulled the least bit; they have done nothing but laugh at
us for our pains while they were getting gain with both hands.
Hermes
Ah! my dear sir, the Laconians at all events pull with vigour.
TRYGAEUS
But look! only those among them who generally hold the plough-tail
show any zeal, while the armourers impede them in their efforts.
Hermes
And the Megarians too are doing nothing, yet look how they are
pulling and showing their teeth like famished curs.
TRYGAEUS
The poor wretches are dying of hunger I suppose.
Hermes
This won't do, friends. Come! all together! Everyone to the work
and with a good heart for the business.
CHORUS
Heave away, heave!
Hermes
Harder!

 

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