Electra

Sophocles

Sophocles, creator; Sophocles the plays and fragments with critical notes, commentary, and translation in English prose Part 6 The Electra; Jebb, Richard Claverhouse, Sir, 1841-1905, editor, translator. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1894.

  1. How could I not know what I have plainly seen?
Electra
  1. He is dead, poor girl, and your
  2. salvation by him is gone. Do not look to him.
Chrysothemis
  1. Ah, miserable me! From whom have you heard this?
Electra
  1. From the man who was present when he perished.
Chrysothemis
  1. And where is he? Amazement steals over my mind.
Electra
  1. He is inside, a welcome guest, not unpleasing to our mother.
Chrysothemis
  1. Ah, misery! Who, then, can have made those ample offerings to my father’s tomb?
Electra
  1. Most likely, I think, someone placed those gifts in memory of the dead Orestes.
Chrysothemis
  1. Oh, my misfortune! And I was hurrying here
  2. with such joyous nows, ignorant after all of our downfall. But now that I have arrived, I find fresh sorrows added to the old!
Electra
  1. So it stands with you. Yet if you will be persuaded by me, you will lighten the load of our present trouble.
Chrysothemis
  1. How can I ever raise the dead back to life?
Electra
  1. That is not what I meant; I was not born so foolish.
Chrysothemis
  1. What do you urge, then, of those things that I am capable of doing?
Electra
  1. That you be brave in executing what I recommend.
Chrysothemis
  1. If any good can be done, I will not refuse.
Electra
  1. Remember, nothing succeeds without toil.
Chrysothemis
  1. I know it, and I will share your burden with all my power.
Electra
  1. Hear, then, in what way I have decided to take action. As for the support of friends, you yourself doubtless know that we have none. Hades has taken our friends away,