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Erechtheus

A Tragedy (New Edition)

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Published: 1881
Language: English
Wordcount: 17,976 / 60 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88.6
LoC Category: PN
Downloads: 522
Added to site: 2006.06.12
mnybks.net#: 13871
Genre: Poetry
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with tears.

PRAXITHEA.

Whence? for thou sayest it is and is not mine. 300

ERECHTHEUS.

Hear then and know why only of all men I
That bring such news as mine is, I alone
Must wash good words with weeping; I and thou,
Woman, must wail to hear men sing, must groan
To see their joy who love us; all our friends
Save only we, and all save we that love
This holiness of Athens, in our sight
Shall lift their hearts up, in our hearing praise
Gods whom we may not; for to these they give
Life of their children, flower of all their seed, 310 For all their travail fruit, for all their hopes
Harvest; but we for all our good things, we
Have at their hands which fill all these folk full
Death, barrenness, child-slaughter, curses, cares,
Sea-leaguer and land-shipwreck; which of these,
Which wilt thou first give thanks for? all are thine.

PRAXITHEA.

What first they give who give thi

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