Saturday, April 18, 2020


Prayer for Deliverance

Sophocles, Oedipus the King 159-167 (tr. Richard C. Jebb):
First I call on thee, daughter of Zeus, divine Athena,
and on thy sister, guardian of our land,
Artemis, who sits on her throne of fame, above the circle of our Agora,
and on Phoebus the far-darter; O
shine forth on me, my three-fold help against death!
If ever aforetime, in arrest of ruin hurrying on the city,
ye drove a fiery pest beyond our borders, come now also!

πρῶτα σὲ κεκλόμενος, θύγατερ Διός, ἄμβροτ᾽ Ἀθάνα
γαιάοχόν τ᾽ ἀδελφεὰν
Ἄρτεμιν, ἃ κυκλόεντ᾽ ἀγορᾶς θρόνον εὐκλέα θάσσει,
καὶ Φοῖβον ἑκαβόλον, ἰὼ
τρισσοὶ ἀλεξίμοροι προφάνητέ μοι,
εἴ ποτε καὶ προτέρας ἄτας ὕπερ ὀρνυμένας πόλει
ἠνύσατ᾽ ἐκτοπίαν φλόγα πήματος, ἔλθετε καὶ νῦν.

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