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


What is there in her mind? What meaning lurks
In speech begun but to be broken short?
Would both deceive me with a vain pretence?
Have they conspired to put me to the torture?
And yet, despite my stern severity,        5
What plaintive voice cries deep within my heart?
A secret pity troubles and alarms me.
Œnone shall be questioned once again,
I must have clearer light upon this crime.
Guards, bid Œnone come, and come alone.        10
 

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