LAMENT FOR THE TWO BROTHERS SLAIN BY EACH
OTHER'S HAND (from
"The Seven Against Thebes")
- OW do our
- The tidings which were told:
- Twin fallen kings, twin perished hopes to mourn,
- The slayer, the slain,
- The entangled doom forlorn
- And ruinous end of twain.
- Say, is not sorrow, is not sorrow's sum
- On home and hearthstone come?
- Oh, waft with sighs the sail from shore,
- Oh, smite the bosom, cadencing the oar
- That rows beyond the rueful stream for aye
- To the far strand,
- The ship of souls, the dark,
- The unreturning bark
- Whereon light never falls nor foot of Day,
- Even to the bourne of all, to the unbeholden land.
POEMS BY AESCHYLUS
This English translation, by A.E.
Housman, of 'Lament for the Two Brothers Slain by Each Other's
Hand' is reprinted from Greek Poets in English Verse.
Ed. William Hyde Appleton. Cambridge: The Riverside Press, 1893.