I shall hate him wherever he might be. This is the very point upon which my anger rests! As for the child, it was but three days old, When Laius, its ankles pierced and pinned Together, gave it to be cast away By others on the trackless mountain side. What did the oracle say? What is the news that has this twofold power? Who would be more unfortunate than me? Oedipus To the Shepherd Come old man, come here and tell us. My mind will not declare him evil! Why, O ye wretched ones, this strife of tongues Raise ye in your unwisdom, nor are shamed, Our country suffering, private griefs to stir? Was it by plot, or chance of natural death? How could thieves be so daring? Acting blindly, he curses himself. Whatever the meaning of Laius's oracle, the one delivered to Oedipus is clearly unconditional. Time, Oedipus, Time will show you the truth in this matter. Chorus Tell us, child of Golden Hope, of the love that is as wide as the sky! Teiresias I will leave after I say the things I came to say.
Chorus The city is dying from her countless pains, gods! My Antigone and my Ismene? Let your untamed arrows leave their golden bow and you, too Artemis come with your burning torches. Golden crown, golden staff and regal manner. These petty squabbles of yours can bring about large and bitter consequences. What an old and evil piece of memory you threw into my mind! The more efforts and endeavors he takes, the more ironic he seems to be. In any case, Oedipus, believe me: murder is not in my nature — alone or with others! With rough and hasty words They drove me from the road,the driver first, And that old man himself; and then in rage I struck the driver, who had turned me back.
Oedipus You have the audacity to speak but I! Oedipus And so, it seems, the poor old man has fallen by illness. Tell me then, what has brought you all here? Oedipus is so competent in the affairs of men that he comes close to dismissing the gods, although he does not actually blaspheme, as Creon does in Antigone. I wish I had never met you because my heart cries bitter tears for you. And once you find out to what harbour of misery your wedding has brought you that fine day, well then, what spot in the whole of Kitheron will not hear the echo of your groans? Oedipus' reward for freeing Thebes from the Sphinx is its kingship, and the hand of the , Jocasta; none then realize that Jocasta is Oedipus' true mother. Make this god of war and all his destruction leave ourThebes! Oedipus, now suspicious of Creon as a conspirator with Teiresias, outlines his own achievement in solving the riddle of the sphinx.
Chorus My Lord, I know a mortal who sees as excellently as Apollo. Audience understood that when Oedipus called the prophet blind, he was actually stupid enough not to understand that he is the one who is blind. The other shepherd greets him with a smile. That is the only way this wound in our city will heal. Did you feel sorry for me, Creon? He passes for an alien in the land But soon shall prove a Theban, native born. In one line Oedipus the king, 469 , Tiresias says: So, you mock my blindness? Teiresias Had you not called for me, Oedipus I would not be here in the first place. Or else, the prophesy says, if I go back to Corinth, I shall marry my mother and kill Polybus, my father, the man loved me and gave me life and raised me.
Exit Oedipus and Jocasta into the palace. The shepherd brings the infant to , and presents him to the childless king , who raises Oedipus as his own son. I know very well that you are all gripped by despair. Tiresias matches Oedipus insult for insult, mocking Oedipus for his eyesight and for the brilliance that once allowed him to solve the riddle of the Sphinx—neither quality is now helping Oedipus to see the truth. Oedipus follows soon after, walking with a slight limp and attended by guards.
Tell me this, then, who was it who gave birth to me? Teiresias It is your very Fate who has declared your destruction. Oedipus Are you disobeying me? Creon He was murdered and it is those murderers whom Apollo now demands to have punished. Laius seduced or abducted and raped Chrysippus, who according to some versions, killed himself in shame. How can it be possible for one to carry such marks as these indicating the wounds on his ankles and not try to find his parents. Yet no one is in greater pain than I am because your pain affects only you, each one of you, alone, whereas I ache for the whole city and for all of you. Chorus We will dance to your honour, Kitheron because you bring such joy to our kings.
All unknowing you are the scourge of your own flesh and blood, the dead below the earth and the living here above, and the double lash of your mother and your father's curse will whip you from this land one day, their footfall treading you down in terror, darkness shrouding your eyes that now can see the light! I shall send for the shepherd now. Creon I have no idea about such things, Oedipus and when it comes to things I know nothing about, I prefer to keep my mouth shut. A blind Oedipus now exits the palace and begs to be as soon as possible. Who is this man and what does he have to say to me? Flute more prominent than the drum and more placatory. There is plenty of kneeling and lamenting and deep sighing going on there as well, my lord! Glossary dirge a funeral hymn.
The doubly sharp curse of mother and father will come one day with an angry foot and chase you away, outside this city, with your eyes bereft of light and clogged with darkness. Black Fate, Black Fate, in what dark abyss have you thrown me now? Jocasta By the gods, Oedipus! The two men bow to Oedipus and exit. Creon By banishing that murderer or by washing away the blood of that murder with the blood of another murder. It is this blood that tortures Thebes. And since I find that my advice avails not, To thee, Lyceian King, Apollo, first I come,for thou art nearest,suppliant With these devotions, trusting thou wilt work Some way of healing for us, free from guilt; For now we shudder, all of us, seeing him, The good ships pilot, panic-struck and lost. Jocasta I shall do whatever pleases you, Oedipus. Exit Oedipus, Creon and the citizens.