Ion

Euripides

Euripides. The Plays of Euripides, Translated into English Prose from the Text of Paley. Vol. I. Coleridge, Edward P., translator. London: George Bell and Sons, 1906.

  1. may we pass the threshold of these vaults, with our fair white feet?
Ion
  1. Nay, ye must not, stranger ladies.
(Tenth) Chorus
  1. May I ask thee about something I have heard?
Ion
  1. What wouldst thou ask?
(Eleventh) Chorus
  1. Is it really true that the temple of Phoebus stands upon the centre of the world?
Ion
  1. στέμμασί γʼ ἐνδυτόν, ἀμφὶ δὲ Γοργόνες.
(Twelfth) Chorus
  1. οὕτω καὶ φάτις αὐδᾷ.
Ion
  1. If ye have offered a sacrificial cake before the shrine and have aught ye wish to ask Phoebus, approach the altar; but enter not the inmost sanctuary, save ye have sacrificed sheep.
(Thirteenth) Chorus
  1. I understand; but we have ho mind to trespass against the god’s law; the pictures here without will amuse us.
Ion
  1. Feast your eyes on all ye may.
(Fourteenth) Chorus
  1. My mistress gave me leave to see these vaulted chambers.
Ion
  1. Whose handmaids do ye avow yourselves?
(Fifteenth) Chorus
  1. The temple, where Pallas dwells, is the nursing-home of my lords. But lo! here is she of whom thou askest.
Ion
  1. Lady, whosoe’er thou art, I see thou art of noble birth, and thy bearing proves thy gentle breeding. For from his bearing one may mostly judge
  2. whether a man is nobly born. Yet am I much amazed to see thee close thine eyes in grief and with tears bedew thy noble face, when thou standest face to face with the holy oracle of Loxias. Why, lady, art thou thus disquieted?
  3. Here, where all others show their joy at sight of Phoebus’ sanctuary, thine eye is wet with tears.
Creusa
  1. Most courteously, sir stranger, dost thou express surprise at these my tears; the sight of this temple of Apollo
  2. recalled to me a memory of long ago, and somehow my thoughts went wandering home, though I am here myself. Ah, hapless race of women! ah, ye reckless gods! What shall I say? to what standard shall we refer justice if through the injustice of our lords and masters we are brought to ruin?
Ion
  1. Why, lady, art thou thus cast down, past all finding out?
Creusa
  1. ’Tis naught; I have shot my bolt; for what remains, I say no more, nor seek thou further to inquire.