The Chorus Quotes in Oedipus Rex
launched against our walls
you hurled the flame of pain
far, far from Thebes—you gods,
come now, come down once more!
and the suffering rises
wails for mercy rise
and the wild hymn for the Healer blazes out
clashing with our sobs our cries of mourning—
O golden daughter of god, send rescue
radiant as the kindness in your eyes!
whether a seer can fathom more than I—
there is no test, no certain proof
though matching skill for skill
a man can outstrip a rival. No, not till I see
these charges proved will I side with his accusers....
Never will I convict my king, never in my heart.
straight on course. Now again, good helmsman,
steer us through the storm!
born for the brilliant vault of heaven—
Olympian Sky their only father,
nothing mortal, no man gave them birth,
their memory deathless, never lost in sleep:
within them lives a mighty god, the god does not
now our masters strike them off the rolls.
Nowhere Apollo's golden glory now—
the gods, the gods go down.
More wed to pain and frenzy? Not a man on earth,
the joy of your life ground down to nothing
O Oedipus, name for the ages—"
count no man happy till he dies, free of pain at last.