The Complete Plays of Sophocles: A New Translation

By Sophocles, Robert Bagg, James Scully

Award-winningpoet-playwrights Robert Bagg and James Scully presenta gripping new translation of Western literature’s earliest treasures in TheComplete performs of Sophocles. within the culture of Robert Fagles’bestselling translations of The Iliad and The Odyssey, andretaining the textual authenticity of Richmond Lattimore’sAeschylus, Bagg and Scully render Sophocles’ dramasaccessible and intriguing for the trendy reader. scholars new to Athenian drama,readers of classical literature, and somebody wishing to kindle anew theirpassion for Greek tragedy will locate not more pleasing front to thesemilestones of global literature than in Bagg andScully’s The whole performs of Sophocles.

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There it truly is, my son. Pray the jealous gods that it may well now not convey you problems resembling it delivered to me and to him who used to be its lord sooner than me. NEOPTOLEMUS. Ye gods, supply this to us ! supply us a voyage filthy rich and fast, whithersoever the god approves and our objective has a tendency! PHILOCTETES. Nay, my son, I worry that your prayers are useless. once again the darkish blood oozes drop by means of drop from the depths, and that i search for worse to come back. Ah me, oh, oh! You wretched foot, what torment will you're employed for me! It creeps on me, it's coming near! Woe, woe is me! you recognize it now; don't flee, I pray you! O Cephallenian pal, could that this soreness could cleave to you and transfix your breast! Ah me! Ah me! O you chieftains either, Agamemnon, Menelaus, might that you just rather than me may have this illness upon you and for as lengthy! Ah me! Ah me! O dying, dying, while i'm hence ever calling you, daily, why are you able to by no means come? O my son, beneficiant adolescence, come, grab me, burn me up, true-hearted buddy, in yonder hearth famed as Lemnian; I too as soon as deemed it lawful to do an identical to the son of Zeus, for the meed of those similar hands that are now on your preserving. What do you assert, boy, what do you are saying? Why are you silent? the place are your techniques, my son? NEOPTOLEMUS. i've got lengthy been grieving in my center in your load of discomfort. PHILOCTETES. Nay, my son, have solid desire however. This customer comes sharply yet is going speedy. merely, I beseech you, don't go away me by myself. NEOPTOLEMUS. worry no longer, we are going to stay. PHILOCTETES. you are going to stay? NEOPTOLEMUS. be certain of it. PHILOCTETES. good, i don't ask to place you in your oath, my son. NEOPTOLEMUS. relaxation chuffed. it isn't lawful for me to move with out you. PHILOCTETES. Your hand for pledge! NEOPTOLEMUS. I provide it, to stick. PHILOCTETES. Now take me yonder, yonder— NEOPTOLEMUS. the place do you suggest? PHILOCTETES. Up yonder— NEOPTOLEMUS. what's this new frenzy? Why are you looking at at the vault above us? PHILOCTETES. permit me pass, enable me move! NEOPTOLEMUS. the place? PHILOCTETES. enable me pass, I say! NEOPTOLEMUS. i can't. PHILOCTETES. you are going to kill me in the event you contact me. NEOPTOLEMUS. There, then; I liberate you, because you are calmer. PHILOCTETES. O Earth, obtain me as I die, the following and now! The discomfort now not suffers me to face upright. NEOPTOLEMUS. Sleep is probably going to return to him ahead of lengthy. See, his head sinks backward; convinced, a sweat is bathing his entire physique, and a skinny movement of darkish blood has damaged forth from his heel. Come, associates, allow us to go away him in quietness, that he may possibly fall on shut eye. refrain. Sleep, stranger to soreness, painless Sleep, come at our prayer, with light breath, include benison, O King, and preserve earlier than his eyes such gentle as is unfold prior to them now. Come, I pray you, include strength to heal! O son, bethink you the place you are going to stand and to what counsels you are going to subsequent flip our direction. you spot the way it is now! Why may still we hold up to behave? chance, arbiter of all motion, frequently wins an outstanding victory by way of one rapid stroke. NEOPTOLEMUS. Nay, notwithstanding he hears not anything, I see that during useless we now have made this bow our prize if we sail with no him.

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