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I'm Polydorus, son of Hecabe and King Priam. My father, whilst Troy used to be ringed around with Hellene spears, Fearing the city’s catch, smuggled me away To Thrace, to the palace of his previous buddy Polymestor, Who farms the fertile simple of this peninsula And ideas over a race of horsemen along with his sword. With me my father despatched a mystery shop of gold, in order that, if ever Troy should still fall, there may stay sufficient to rescue his surviving sons from wish. [13–50] Of Priam’s sons i used to be the youngest; that used to be why He despatched me away; i used to be no longer previous or robust adequate For armour or a sword. So, whereas the outer wall Of Troy stood company, her towers unbroken, and within the box My brother Hector used to be successful, I loved a cheerful lifestyles there with my father’s Thracian good friend, And grew like a tender sapling, cared-for, unaware Of future. but if Troy fell, and Hector fell, And Priam’s palace lay in dirt, and Priam himself, greedy the holy altar, fell in his personal blood ahead of the impious sword of Neoptolemus, My father’s guest-friend Polymestor murdered me, To get my gold and maintain it; and having murdered me He threw my physique into the ocean. Now I lie there Stretched at the shingle, floating within the salty foam, by way of racing currents rolled perpetually from side to side, Unwept, unburied. Now, leaving behind my physique, i've got come to hover shut over the ache head Of my pricey mom Hecabe. for 3 days now I glide approximately her, for the reason that they introduced her right here from Troy. in the meantime the Achaeans sit down the following at the Thracian shore, Their ships all idle. For, simply because the Hellene fleet, With the entire military on board, have been dipping oars for domestic, Achilles, Peleus’ son, seemed above his tomb And held them again; difficult that Polyxena, My sister, as a present of honour for his tomb, Be sacrificed there. And this can be granted him; For all of them enjoyed him, and may provide him what he asks. destiny leads my sister to her dying this very day. My mom then shall see our bodies of her kids, Mine and my sister’s, mendacity useless prior to her eyes. For i've got begged the powers less than to enable me come Into my mother’s arms, and receive burial. [51–88] So I shall seem to her; considered one of her maids will locate me forged up through the ocean; and my bad physique can be buried. That performed, I shall have all I want. I see my mom Coming from Agamemnon’s tent. I’ll go away her now. She has visible my phantom in her dream, and is distressed. – Oh, mom, mom! After your royal palace – this! A slave! From maximum top to lowest intensity! a few god observed your previous glory, and counterpoised it with this wreck. go out the GHOST OF POLYDORUS. input HECABE from the tent, supported via young women. HECABE: aid me, my daughters; carry the outdated girl up, Your fellow-slave now, Trojans; as soon as your queen. Now carry my palms and take me, include me and help me. I’m previous; i must lean in this curved stick and check out to make my sluggish toes and stiff joints circulate on a bit quicker. O amazing gentle of day, O murk of evening, Why am I roused and raptured With haunting fears and phantoms?