Oedipus at Colonus of Sophocles; an ancient theater

9781153791984: Oedipus at Colonus of Sophocles; an ancient theater
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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 Excerpt: ...will is mine. 0 Zeus, may'st thou be good unto such men. What wouldst thou then? Would'st come into my house? Yea, were it lawful; but the place is here And for what purpose? Thee I will not thwart. 645 Where I shall vanquish those who cast me forth. Thy presence here would seem a splendid gift. E'en so, if thou shalt keep thy pledge with me. Fear not for me--I ne'er will give thee up. 1 will not bind thee by an oath as false. Thou wouldst not win aught more than by my word. How wilt thou act? What fear alarms thee most? The men will come v Nay, these will look to that. Beware lest leaving me Instruct me not. 650 I needs must fear My heart knows naught of fear. Thou knowest not their threats. But this I know, That none shall take thee hence in my despite. For many threats have blustered in men's wrath With many idle terms, but when the mind Is master of itself, the threats are gone. Now they perchance waxed bold to say dread things Of taking thee away, and yet I know The sundering sea is wide and hard to sail. Now I would have thee take good heart, yea e'en Without my care, if Phoebus sent thee here. And yet if I be not at hand, I wot My very name will shield thee from all harm. Theseus withdraws with his attendants. The choral ode is sung. This is called the First Stasimon. In this beautiful lyric, Sophocles skilfully weaves together the praises of his own locality, the deme of Colonus, and the national theme. The first strophe and antistrophe (lines 668-680 and 681-693) sing the praises of Colonus. The Second (lines 694-706 and 707-719) praise Attica. But notice the clever combination. The crocus and narcissus of Colonus suggest the Attic olive (Strophe B). The equestrian fame of Colonus introduces Attic breed of horses, and this in turn suggests Poseidon...

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