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Jean Racine (1639–1699).  Phædra.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Act III
 
Scene IV
 
 
THESEUS,  HIPPOLYTUS,  PHÆDRA,  ŒNONE,  THERAMENES

Theseus

Fortune no longer fights against my wishes,
Madam, and to your arms restores—
 
Phædra

        Stay, Theseus!
Do not profane endearments that were once
So sweet, but which I am unworthy now        5
To taste. You have been wrong’d. Fortune has proved
Spiteful, nor in your absence spared your wife.
I am unfit to meet your fond caress,
How I may bear my shame my only care
Henceforth.        10
 

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