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Sophocles (c.496

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Chorus Come, all three of you. The Sphinx, with her dark riddle, bade us look At nearer facts, and leave the dim obscure. My father was Polybus of Corinth, my mother Merope, a Dorian. He visits Delphi to find out who his real parents are and assumes that the Oracle refuses to answer that question, offering instead an unrelated prophecy which forecasts patricide and incest. The plague, abhorred and feared, Makes desolate the home where Cadmus dwelt, And Hades dark grows rich in sighs and groans.

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And after all her crime was for nothing! Oedipus denounces the crime of which he is unaware, and undertakes to track out the criminal. Teiresias For you, Oedipus, we are stupid but for those who gave birth to you, we were wise. We must join, for ill or well, In search how best to obey God's oracle. You took me from someone else? Many years ago, at a banquet in Corinth, a man drunkenly accused Oedipus of not being his father's son. Such evils, issuing from the double source, Have whelmed them both, confounding man and wife. The universe is a unity; if, sometimes, we can see neither rhyme nor reason in it we should not suppose it is random. Better to be dead, I should think, than to be alive and blind.

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Sophocles (c.496

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If only I was lucky enough to be able to fully understand the wise and pure words, the laws of the heavenly gods, laws that were fathered by Olympus, and not merely those of some mortal whose memory can fail! When she crossed this threshold here, leaving you with that anger in her soul, she rushed to her bridal bed and began immediately to tear at her own hair. Herald Old bodies need no great cause to fall, my Lord. Why, when the monster with her song was here, Didst thou not give our countrymen thy help? I will give him a handsome reward, and lay up gratitude in my heart for him besides. Here I call no man lord: For I am not thy slave, but Loxias’. But, as I think, both thou and he that plans With thee, will to your cost attack my fame; And but that thou stand’st there all old and weak, Thou shouldst be taught what kind of plans are thine. Oedipus went to Delphi and asked the oracle about his parentage. You certainly know enough to confess! King Phoebus bids us straitly extirpate A fell pollution that infests the land, And no more harbor an inveterate sore.

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Sophocles, Oedipus the King (English Text)

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Shepherd To make it disappear. You are not rousing me from a deep sleep. Jocasta The city is called Phokis. Oedipus How long ago did the murder happen? There is so much that we cannot know and cannot control that we should not think and behave as if we do know and can control. Oedipus Take me away from here then. Sutherland's voice, however, was dubbed by another actor.

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I speak then what I heard from God. It conceals too much and soon will bring to light the vilest things, brought on by choice and not by accident. The version, directed by , starred as Oedipus and had the cast performing the entire play in masks, as in ancient Greek theatre. Show that compassion to them, Creon. How much hatred is hidden within this work! How I weep for you — I cannot see you now. Oedipus then sends for the one surviving witness of the attack to be brought to the palace from the fields where he now works as a shepherd.

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Do one thing more, for your sake, not mine. But who is the man, the one who with his blood-red hands has done unspeakable brutality? Tell me because I weigh every word! He was a man who, seeing nothing, knowing nothing, fathered you with the woman who had given birth to him. But now, all those prophecies I feared-— Poly bus packs them off to sleep with him in hell! Enter Jocasta with her attendant, holding garlands and burning incense. Alas for celebrated Oedipus, the same spacious place of refuge served you both as child and father, the place you entered as a new bridegroom. But, you, too, Oedipus, with your own eyes, you can see how the whole of Thebes is in the grips of a battering sea storm of troubles and how she cannot raise her head from its murderous waves! Come, allow yourself to touch a wretched man.

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Sophocles, Oedipus the King (English Text)

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But for my daughters twain, poor innocent maids, Who ever sat beside me at the board Sharing my viands, drinking of my cup, For them, I pray thee, care, and, if thou willst, O might I feel their touch and make my moan. Phoebus, may my words find grace! His age is similar to this man here… yes, my servants are with him also. The state of feeling which produced this law, against the immensely strong conception of the patria potestas, may also have produced a folklore story telling how a boy once was exposed, in a peculiarly cruel way, by his wicked parents, and how Heaven preserved him to take upon both of them a vengeance which showed that the unnatural father had no longer a father's sanctity nor the unnatural mother a mother's. The land is sore distressed; 'Twere better sleeping ills to leave at rest. Although I cannot see, I think about your life in days to come, the bitter life which men will force on you. What man could be more hateful to the gods? Jocasta He has just arrived from Corinth to tell us that your father, Polybus is dead. Chorus Then the years came and found you, my King and now they condemn this unholy marriage from which you were born and in which you gave birth.

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