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Κρεων ος αδυνατευε τοτε εν Θηβαις, και σαρηκε τους προσηκοσιν ανελος μενους θαψαι ικετευσαντος δε Αδρασε Θησεα, και μαχης Αθηναιων γενομενης προς βοιωτες, Θησιες ως εκρατησε τη μαχη κομισας ες την Ελευσινιαν της νεκρες, ενταύθα εθαψε.
PERSONS OF THE DRAMA.
CHORUS OF ARGIVE MATRONS.
A BOY, SUPPOSED TO BE MELON THE SON OF ETEOCLOS.
SCENE THE TEMPLE OF CERES, AT ELEUSINE, IN THE
ÆTHRA, CHORUS, ADRASTUS.
Thou guardian power of Eleusine's land,
Back from those hostile fields to bring the slain
house am come Into this temple, where the bearded (2) grain First rising from the fruitful soil appear’d. Holding loose sprays of foliage in my hand, I wait before the unpolluted altars Of Proserpine and Ceres; for these Mothers Grown hoar with age and of their children reft, With pity moy’d, and to the sacred branches Yielding a due respect. I to the city Have sent a herald to call Theseus hither, That from the Theban land he may remove The causes of their sorrow, or the Gods Appeasing by some pious rites, release me From the constraint these suppliant Dames impose. In all emergencies discretion bids Our feeble sex to seek man's needful aid.
An aged woman prostrate at thy knees,
(2) Brodæus has collected testimonies from a Greek glossary to Homer, Phurnutns, Aristides, and Pausanias, to show that Eleusine was the place where corn first made its appearance; upon which the grate. ful inhabitants erected the famous temple of Ceres on the spot whence they first reaped her bounties.