Monday, April 10, 2006


Death the Healer

Add these parallels to an earlier post on this topic.

Aeschylus, fragment 255 Nauck (tr. Herbert Weir Smyth):
O death, the healer, reject me not, but come! For thou alone art the mediciner of ills incurable, and no pain layeth hold on the dead.

ὦ θάνατε παιάν, μή μ᾽ ἀτιμάσῃς μολεῖν·
μόνος γὰρ εἶ σὺ τῶν ἀνηκέστων κακῶν
ἰατρός, ἄλγος δ᾽ οὐδὲν ἅπτεται νεκροῦ.
Sophocles, Women of Trachis 1206-1209 (tr. Hugh Lloyd-Jones):
Alas once more, what a demand you are making of me, father, to have the guilt of your murder on my hands!
Not I, but to be the healer and only curer of the ills from which I suffer!

οἴμοι μάλ᾽ αὖθις, οἷά μ᾽ ἐκκαλεῖ, πάτερ,
φονέα γενέσθαι καὶ παλαμναῖον σέθεν.
οὐ δῆτ᾽ ἔγωγ᾽, ἀλλ᾽ ὧν ἔχω παιώνιον
καὶ μοῦνον ἰατῆρα τῶν ἐμῶν κακῶν.
Euripides, Hippolytus 1373:
And may death the healer come to me.

καί μοι θάνατος παιὰν ἔλθοι.

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