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listed below are 3 of Euripides' most interesting tragedies provided in shiny, sleek translations.
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ADMETUS: I depression. 17 refrain: melancholy befits your destiny. ADMETUS: Pity my ache. refrain: soreness overwhelms you, good i do know. ADMETUS: I die for grief. refrain: Your grief can't support the useless. ADMETUS: My loss has no finish. refrain: by no means to work out back the face Of a loving spouse – this certainly is loss. ADMETUS: You contact my center the place the wound lies. What crueller blow can a guy endure Than lack of a real spouse? I shouldn't ever have married, by no means lived along with her during this residence; I envy those people who are single and childless. To endure the sorrows of a unmarried existence Is a average burden; yet to work out youngsters struck through disease, A marriage-bed despoiled by way of loss of life – this isn't tolerable, while you'll have selected To be single and childless all through existence. refrain: likelihood has stumble upon you; you can't strive against with probability. ADMETUS: i will not. refrain: Will you put no bounds for your sorrow? ADMETUS: No bounds to my sorrow. refrain: notwithstanding it's tough to undergo, but none the fewer – ADMETUS: tough to endure. refrain: undergo it. you're not the 1st that has misplaced a spouse. ADMETUS: misplaced, misplaced, misplaced! refrain: In mortal lifestyles various occasions ensue To overwhelm now one guy, now one other. ADMETUS: For the liked misplaced within the deep earth Mourning and grief can be lengthy. Why did you cease me jumping Into the low grave, to lie useless beside the simplest of girls? So dying may achieve, rather than one, devoted souls jointly Crossing the lake under the earth. refrain: I had a kinsman misplaced his simply son, A boy worthy weeping for. however, although childless in previous age, but patiently during the gray downward years He bore his sorrow. ADMETUS: My good-looking condo! How am i able to input? How am i able to stay in you, your fortune fallen? among that day and this – O sour switch! Then, with pine-torches from Pelion, With wedding-songs i used to be marching in; I held my loving wife’s hand in mine; A merry corporation with shouts of blessing On Alcestis, who's useless, and on me. historical, noble households, they stated, have been joined in a single by way of our marriage. Now groans cancel that wedding-song; long past are my white-clad neighbors; Black gowns escort me homeward to my desolate mattress. refrain: This blow came across you unskilled in affliction, choked with success. Your global, your lifestyles, are yours this day; yet Alcestis has died and left all love at the back of. what's unusual during this? From many prior to now dying has indifferent their other halves. ADMETUS: reliable pals, I count number Alcestis’ destiny extra lucky Than mine, even though it turns out now not so. For now no soreness Can ever contact her. She has received free up from all Life’s problems with a wonderful identify; whereas i've got trespassed past my time. I shouldn't be alive. My existence could be, as i've got learnt too past due, a sorry factor. This residence: while i am going in, nobody to talk to. How am i able to endure it? whilst I pop out, not anyone speaks to me. All pleasure’s long gone. the place shall I flip? The desolation interior will force me out – her empty mattress, the chair She used to sit down in; flooring unswept; and around my knees the kids crying for his or her mom; and the servants Lamenting the liked mistress they've got misplaced.