Saturday, September 30, 2017


Prayer to Zeus

Euripides, Helen 1441-1445 (tr. David Kovacs):
O Zeus, since you are called father and wise god,
look on us and rescue us from trouble.
As we pull our misfortunes up the steep cliff,
help us with your good will! If you touch us with just the tip of your finger,
we will arrive at the good fortune we desire.

ὦ Ζεῦ, πατήρ τε καὶ σοφὸς κλῄζῃ θεός,
βλέψον πρὸς ἡμᾶς καὶ μετάστησον κακῶν.
ἕλκουσι δ᾿ ἡμῖν πρὸς λέπας τὰς συμφορὰς
σπουδῇ σύναψαι· κἂν ἄκρᾳ θίγῃς χερί,
ἥξομεν ἵν᾿ ἐλθεῖν βουλόμεσθα τῆς τύχης.

1441 τε] γὰρ Kirchhoff
1443 λέπας Musgrave: λύπας L
1444 σπουδῇ σύναψαι = with haste assist (us).

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