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Jean Racine (1639–1699).  Phædra.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
Act IV
 
Scene III
 
 
Theseus  (alone)


Wretch! Thou must meet inevitable ruin.
Neptune has sworn by Styx—to gods themselves
A dreadful oath,—and he will execute
His promise. Thou canst not escape his vengeance.
I loved thee; and, in spite of thine offence,        5
My heart is troubled by anticipation
For thee. But thou hast earn’d thy doom too well.
Had father ever greater cause for rage?
Just gods, who see the grief that overwhelms me,
Why was I cursed with such a wicked son?        10
 

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