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The Libation Bearers
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Come Pylades, let us hide in the shadows to overhear this suppliant rite
We come with mournful, solemn tread with offerings for the dead
What can wash off the blood once spilled?
Oh tomb soaked in sorrow
Poor house in dereliction
How can our libations sanctify the ground where blood lies spilt? Behind our veils we weep. Covered in black cloth we suffer
Speak from your devotion to my dead father
Utter a solemn prayer to those who were loyal to your father
Whom do you mean?
Yourself and all those who despise your mother Clytemnestra and your stepfather Aegisthus...murderers of your beloved father
Who else should be added to our ranks?
Think of Orestes, your brother, even though he is far from home
You advise me well
After that, add the names of the murderers
What words are these? Why do you instruct me so?
Pray that someone may come to give them their just rewards
There are my prayers, poured out with these libations. Let earth, justice, and all the gods come to our aid.
Oh misery, misery! Oh for a person who is strong with a spear to unloosen this house
Oh, for a person of strength!
Oh for someone to redeem this house
But listen! Here is news!
Speak, Electra, speak
Here is a lock of hair cut off and placed upon the tomb as a gift
Whose hair? Instruct us please
Look! Same coor, same form, same texture! Like mine!
Can this be a secret gift from Orestes?
It is nobody's hair, but his!
Poor Electra! Poor Orestes! Never to embrace as brother and sister again.
Electra and Orestes stand within your sight. Guide us!
Children, silence! Some gossip tongues might divulge your secret meeting
Apollo will not forsake us now! The oracle spoke to me and said, "Blaze like a bull upon those who murdered Agamemnon." Shall I not trust the oracle?
Oh spirit of right, let these things be done
Listen, my father! two of your children stand before you weeping, casting sorrowful anthems on your tomb. Show us how to outsmart ruin
Help them, oh gods!
Oh Zeus! Mighty Zeus! Bring down your fist with a blow! Bring back justice.
Murder screams for the spirit of justice
Merciless mother, you who had the gall to bury him unmourned.
Yes, shout this outrage out
My mother and stepfather debased me. They kenneled me like a vicious dog. My tears fell in secret.
Sink this tale deep into your hearts, oh gods. This is the way things are
Father, be with us against those we hate.
Right against right
Will you not raise upright your beloved head?
You must strike and prove your destiny
It was a dream she had that filled her with guilt
A dream that she gave birth to a snake
Then I shall turn snake to kill her! This is what the dream protends
So be it
Now you, Electra, keep a good lookout within and see that all our plans coalesce. All others, keep a silent tongue. (Orestes exists)
The anvil of justice is firm. Destiny forges and hammers her steel already.
The gods produce a son to the house at last to pay the murderers for their pollution.
The gods produce soon a moment of terror
Near the heart the pointed sword waits
Life must fall for life
None can break the holy laws of heaven and hope to find the deep forgiven
Now the wheel has turned with time, blood in blood for ancient crime
Where do you go, Cilissa?
I summon Aegisthus as commanded by Clytemnestra. She puts a sad face on before her servants to hide the smile inside her eyes. Her sad look is false. Aegisthus will also be pleased to hear the message of the strangers. But never have I had to bear a hurt like this. My darling, baby Orestes is dead. I was his nurse when he was very young. He wore me out, bless his little heart. I was so skilled in handling him that his father put him in my charge almost from the day he was born. Oh my poor Orestes. I am so unhappy. And now, I'm on my way to fetch the man who was his family's ruin. Yes, Aegisthus will be glad enough to hear of Orestes' death.
What is your message for Aegisthus?
My message is that he is to come with his bodyguards
Say no such thing to our detested master. Put on a cheerful face and tell him Clytemnestra wants him to come at one...and alone.
What does all this mean?
I have been asked to come. There is a rumor that Orestes is dead. Is this true or just gossip? Give me an answer!
Go inside and find out. No news is sure at second hand. Zeus! Zeus! How shall we begin our hopeful prayer?
Keep a bold heart Orestes
Finish your fearful deed, Orestes. It is fate, and none condemns you.
The gods are on your side
May right by victory be justified
Whose voice was it?
Who has won?
(bryce forces rachel inside)
Be brave Orestes, in your part. Seal your ears to her cries of my son my son
Perform the scarlet stroke, Orestes
Erase the criminal and the crime
Was she guilty or not guilty? This whole business tortures me
No man can hope to spend life untouched by pain
But I am blind to where this pain will end. I ask you, friends, was I justified in killing my mother
You must not load your lips with such doubt
What fancied sights torment you? We see no shadows
What have you to fear?
Oh Apollo, help me! Help me!
Grip yourself and do not be afraid. You have won!
Good fortune go with you
May the gods watch over you and bring you peace. Where is the end? Oh when shall it finish? When shall it sate, this fury bound hate?
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