CHORUS OF THE INITIATED (from "The Frogs")
- OW we go to dance and sing
- In the consecrated shades;
- Round the secret holy ring,
- With the matrons and the maids.
- Thither I must haste to bring
- The mysterious early light;
- Which must witness every rite
- Of the joyous happy night.
- Let us hasten -- let us fly --
- Where the lovely meadows lie;
- Where the living waters flow;
- Where the roses bloom and blow.
- Heirs of immortality.
- Segregated, safe and pure,
- Easy, sorrowless, secure;
- Since our earthly course is run,
- We behold a brighter sun.
- Holy lives -- a holy vow --
- Such rewards await them now.
POEMS BY ARISTOPHANES
This English translation, by John
Hookham Frere, of 'Chorus of the Initiated' is reprinted from
Greek Poets in English Verse. Ed. William Hyde Appleton.
Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1893.