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JOCASTA My lords look amazed to see your queen with wreaths and gifts of incense in her hands I had a mind to visit the high shrines for Oedipus is nervous alarmed with various terrors He will not use his past experience like a man of sense to judge the present need but lends his ear to any croaker that argues Since then my counsels dont have an advantage I turn to thee our help when we are in trouble Apollo Lord Lycean and to you my prayers and pleas I bring Ease us lord and cleanse us from this curse For now we all are intimidated Who see their helmsman confused in the storm MESSENGER My masters tell me where the palace of Oedipus is or better wheres the king CHORUS Here is the palace and he lives within it this is his queen the mother of his children MESSENGER All happiness attend her and the house Her marriage-bed and husband are both blessed JOCASTA My greetings to you stranger whose reasonable words deserve a like response But tell me why have you come--what do you need or what news do you have MESSENGER It is good for your husband and the royal house JOCASTA What is it Whose messenger are you MESSENGER The Isthmian commons have resolved to make your husband kingat least that is what I heard JOCASTA What Isnt aged Polybus still king MESSENGER No regretfully hes dead and in his grave JOCASTA What The sire of Oedipus is dead MESSENGER If I dont speak the truth I may die JOCASTA Quick maiden Tell this news to my lord The god-sent oracles where are they now This is the man whom Oedipus long turned away from in dread to prove his murderer and now he dies in natures course not by Oedipus doings OEDIPUS My wife my queen Jocasta why have you called me from my palace JOCASTA Listen to
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