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Agamemnon ln 1-7

July 19, 2012

Φύλαξ

θεοὺς μὲν αἰτῶ τῶνδ᾽ ἀπαλλαγὴν πόνων
φρουρᾶς ἐτείας μῆκος, ἣν κοιμώμενος
στέγαις Ἀτρειδῶν ἄγκαθεν, κυνὸς δίκην,
ἄστρων κάτοιδα νυκτέρων ὁμήγυριν,
καὶ τοὺς φέροντας χεῖμα καὶ θέρος βροτοῖς
λαμπροὺς δυνάστας, ἐμπρέποντας αἰθέρι
[ἀστέρας, ὅταν φθίνωσιν, ἀντολάς τε τῶν.]

A Watchman:

All through my year-long watch, I ask the gods

For respite from these pains, where–dozing off

Upon the’Atreides’ roof-tiles, elbow-propped

(Dog’s lot!)–I know night’s gathering stars by name

And which ones bring to mortals winter, summer,

Bright lords, out-standing in their clearer air–

The stars!–I know them setting, rising too.

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