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THE TRACHINIAE by Sophocles, Part 15

HYLLUS

Be the boon never so large, it shall be granted.

HERACLES
Knowest thou, then, the girl whose sire was Eurytus?

HYLLUS
It is of Iole that thou speakest, if I mistake not.

HERACLES
Even so. This, in brief, is the charge that I give thee, my son. When am dead, if thou wouldest show a pious remembrance of thine oath unto thy father, disobey me not, but take this woman to be thy wife. Let no other espouse her who hath lain at my side, but do thou, O my son, make that marriage-bond thine own. Consent: after loyalty in great matters, to rebel in less is to cancel the grace that bad been won.

HYLLUS
Ah me, it is not well to be angry with a sick man: but who could bear to see him in such a mind?

HERACLES
Thy words show no desire to do my bidding.

HYLLUS
What! When she alone is to blame for my mother's death, and for thy present plight besides? Lives there the man who would make such choice, unless he were maddened by avenging fiends?

Better were it, father, that I too should die, rather than live united to the worst of our foes!

HERACLES
He will render no reverence, it seems, to my dying prayer.- Nay, be sure that the curse of the gods will attend thee for disobedience to my voice.

HYLLUS
Ah, thou wilt soon show, methinks, how distempered thou art!

HERACLES
Yea, for thou art breaking the slumber of my plague.

HYLLUS
Hapless that I am! What perplexities surround me!

HERACLES
Yea, since thou deignest not to hear thy sire.

HYLLUS
But must I learn, then, to be impious, my father?

HERACLES
'Tis not impiety, if thou shalt gladden my heart.

HYLLUS
Dost thou command me, then, to do this deed, as a clear duty?

HERACLES
I command thee,- the gods bear me witness!

HYLLUS
Then will I do it, and refuse not,- calling upon the gods to witness thy deed. I can never be condemned for loyalty to thee, my father.

HERACLES
Thou endest well; and to these words, my son, quickly add the gracious deed, that thou mayest lay me on the pyre before any pain returns to rend or sting me.

Come, make haste and lift me! This, in truth, is rest from troubles; this is the end, the last end, of Heracles!

HYLLUS
Nothing, indeed, hinders the fulfilment of thy wish, since thy command constrains us, my father.

HERACLES chanting
Come, then, ere thou arouse this plague, O my stubborn soul, give me a curb as of steel on lips set like stone to stone, and let no cry escape them; seeing that the deed which thou art to do, though done perforce, is yet worthy of thy joy!

HYLLUS chanting
Lift him, followers! And grant me full forgiveness for this; but mark the great cruelty of the gods in the deeds that are being done. They beget children, they are hailed as fathers, and yet they can look upon such sufferings.
The attendants raise Heracles on the litter and move slowly off, as HYLLUS chants to the CHORUS in the closing lines.
No man foresees the future; but the present is fraught with mourning for us, and with shame for the powers above, and verily with anguish beyond compare for him who endures this doom.

Maidens, come ye also, nor linger at the house; ye who have lately seen a dread death, with sorrows manifold and strange: and in all this there is nought but Zeus.

THE END

 

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