A monologue from the play by Euripides
BE AWARE: This monologue is published from The Plays of Euripides in English, vol. 2. Trans. Shelley Dean Milman. London: M. M. Dent & Daughters, 1922.
JOCASTA: Believe me, O Eteocles my boy
Old age can be not by simply wretchedness alone
Attended: more discreetly than rash youngsters
Experience speaks. Why dost thou woo ambition
That a lot of malignant empress? O bear!
For she\s a foe to justice, and hath entered
Total many a mansion, many a prosperous city
Nor left them till in wreck she involves
All those who have harbour her: yet this is certainly she
Upon whom thou doat\st. \Twere better, O my son
To develop equality, who also joins
Close friends, cities, heroes, in one working league
Intended for by the laws and regulations of nature, through the world
Equality was \stablished: but the wealthy
Finds in the lesser man a consant foe
Hence bitter enmity comes its resource.
Equality, among the list of human race
Measures, and dumbbells, and amounts hath ordained:
Both the dark orb of night and radiant sunlight
Their total annual circuits similarly perform
Each, free from be jealous of, to the various other yields
At the same time, thus night and day afford
Their services to man. Yet wilt not really thou
Always be satisfied to hold an equal part
Of these domains, and to thy brother offer
His due. Where then simply is rights? Such respect
As sober reason disapproves, why pay\st thou
To empire, to oppression crowned with success?
To be a public spectacle thou deem\st
Were honourable. \Tis but vacant pride.
When thou hast much previously, why submit
To toils unnumbered? What\s superfluous prosperity
But merely a name? Enough to the smart
Is competence: for person possesses nothing
Which he can call his own. Even though for a time
What bounty the indulgent gods bestow
We all manage, that they resume this at all their will:
Volatile riches fade in a day.
Should I to thee th\ option propose
Both to reign, or preserve thy native land
Couldst thou reply that thou hadst alternatively reign?
But if he conquer, and the Argive spears
O\erpower the squadrons who coming from Cadmus early spring
Thou wilt behold Thebes taken, wilt behold
Each of our captive virgins ravished by foe:
That empire which in turn thou seek\st will confirm the levnedsl?b
Of thy loved country, yet thou still persist\st
In mischievous ambition\s crazy career.
Thus far to the. And now to you personally I speak
O Polynices, favours many unwise
Will be those Adrastus hath upon you bestowed
And with misjudging fury will you be come
To spread terrible havoc o\er your local land.
In the event you (which may well the righteous gods avoid! )
This city consider, how will you back the trophies
Of such a struggle? How, for those who have laid
The country waste materials, th\ initiatory rites
Execute, and kill the patients? On the financial institutions
Of Inachus displayed, with what inscription
Decorate the spoilsFrom blazing Thebes these glasses
Hath Polynices won, also to the gods
Devoted? Hardly ever, O my son, through Greece
May possibly you obtain this kind of glory. But if you
Are vanquished and Eteocles dominate
To Argos, leaving the ensanguined field
Strewn with unnumbered corses of the slain
How can you flee for succour? \Twill be said
Simply by some malignant tongue: A curst connections
Is this which usually, O Adrastus, thou hast formed:
We all to the wedding of one virgin mobile owe
The ruin. You are speeding, O my son
To a twofold mischief: losing almost all
That you strive, and leading to your brave friends
To perish. Um my daughters, this crazy excess
Of rage, with joint event, lay besides.
By equivalent folly once two chiefs inspired
To battle rush, dreadful mischief need to ensue.