The pain of stabbing brooches pierces me! Jocasta And to you, too, stranger. Oedipus And you, old man. But O may Heaven the true patriot keep Who burns with emulous zeal to serve the State. That were sheer madness, and I am not mad. Teiresias Had you not called for me, Oedipus I would not be here in the first place. Oedipus You have the audacity to speak but I! Chorus I see Apollo, the son of Zeus, armed with flames and lightning, hard behind him, pursuing him fiercely! But as it turned out, Fate swooped down onto his head.
To the priest You, old priest, your advanced years well qualify you to represent this youth. One further question to resolve my doubt. Then she bewailed the marriage bed whereon Poor wretch, she had conceived a double brood, Husband by husband, children by her child. Creon But your reasoning should be made perfect in my mind also. O leave them not to wander poor, unwed, Thy kin, nor let them share my low estate.
And he took with him down to Hades all these useless oracles, worthless for anything at all! Barren land, godless land, a land too much wasted. Oedipus losing patience 560 When was Laius murdered? He is dead and in his grave. Ask the prophet if I brought back to you exactly what was said. Oedipus I begrudge Jocasta nothing. From whose house did it come? To his children he will discover that he is both brother and father. Oedipus So you will go to the god even for the sake of such a miserable man? Chorus We will dance to your honour, Kitheron because you bring such joy to our kings.
Is there something you are afraid of? Yea with these hands all gory I pollute The bed of him I slew. Who is this man and what does he have to say to me? He was offered the throne because he was successful in saving the city from the Sphinx, an event referred to repeatedly in the text of the play. The Sphinx then committed suicide. Tell him about the child. Where in the wide world to find The far, faint traces of a bygone crime? I do not want you to know what sufferings you will have to carry! But if Betwixt this stranger there was aught in common With Laius, who more miserable than I, What mortal could you find more god-abhorred? Give no further thought to such things and live an easier life. We could only see the obvious and could never look for any hidden clues.
Wailing on the altar stair Wives and grandams rend the air— Long-drawn moans and piercing cries Blent with prayers and litanies. Time, Oedipus, Time will show you the truth in this matter. Even if by this search I discover that I was a third generation slave, it will not affect your standing in our city. Chorus Here he is, king. Jocasta First I need to know what is going on. A divided road which splits all the way to the Delphi on one side and to Daulia on the other.
Make our Thebes live again! But you, all-conquering, all-ruling Zeus, if by right those names belong to you, let this not evade you and your ageless might. It is time for all things to be revealed! My father was Polybus of Corinth, my mother Merope, a Dorian. Truth has a great deal of power but not for you. Perhaps he is carrying good news! You can hurt neither me nor anyone else who has eyes and can see. That man whose good fortune every man in Thebes envied! But that would be my only contribution to his death.
In my rage, I lashed out at the driver, who was shoving me aside. King Phoebus bids us straitly extirpate A fell pollution that infests the land, And no more harbor an inveterate sore. O king, Regard it not. Let me tell you the truth, wife. When I look upon thee, my king, I tremble.
And this discovery will not make him happy. It said Laius was fated to be killed by a child of ours, one born to him and me. Teiresias I will leave after I say the things I came to say. Whose life has been so changed by trouble, by such ferocious agonies? So he reigned in the room of Laius, and espoused the widowed queen. I know not and bridle my tongue for fear, Fluttered with vague surmise; nor present nor future is clear. . Creon He says the seer uttered false predictions and that these predictions were advised by me.