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AGAMEMNON

by: Aeschylus


There is not any armor
In gold against perdition
For him who spurns the high altar
Of Justice down into the darkness.

My fate is angry if I obey these,
But angry if I slaughter
This child, the beauty of my house,
With maiden blood shed staining
These father's hands beside the altar.
What of these things goes now without disaster?
How shall I fail my ships
And lose my faith of battle?

A great ox stands on my tongue.

Wisdom comes through suffering.
Trouble, with its memories of pain,
Drips in our hearts as we try to sleep,
So men against their will
Learn to practice moderation.
Favours come to us from gods.

Happiness is a choice that requires effort at times.

It is in the character of very few men to honor without envy a friend who has prospered.

Call no man happy till he is dead.

I well know that mirror of friendship, shadow of a shade.

Death is better, a milder fate than tyranny.

It is like a woman indeed
To take rapture before the fact is shown for true.
They believe too easily, are too quick to shift
From ground to ground; and swift indeed
The rumor voiced by a woman dies again.

When the black and mortal blood of man has fallen to the ground ... who then can sing spells to call it back again?

Exiles feed on hope.

And Righteousness is a shining in
The smoke of mean houses.
Her blessing is on the just man.
From high hills starred with gold by reeking hands
She turns back
With eyes that glance away into the simple in heart,
Spurning the strength of gold
Stamped with false flattery.
And all things she steers to fulfillment.

Willingly no one chooses the yoke of slavery.

It is always in season for old men to learn.

The gods fail not to mark
Those who have killed many.
The black Furies stalking the man
Fortunate beyond all right
Wrench back again the set of his life
And drop him to darkness.

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