Oedipus Rex

  • Oedipus The King

  • Suppliants of all ages are seated round the altar at the palace doors, at their head a PRIEST OF ZEUS. To them enter OEDIPUS.

  • Profile Picture of Oedipus in Oedipus Rex

    Oedipus

    My children, latest born to Cadmus old,

  • Why sit ye here as suppliants, in your hands

  • Branches of olive filleted with wool?

  • What means this reek of incense everywhere,

  • And everywhere laments and litanies?

  • Children, it were not meet that I should learn

  • From others, and am hither come, myself,

  • I Oedipus, your world-renowned king.

  • Ho! aged sire, whose venerable locks

  • Proclaim thee spokesman of this company,

  • Explain your mood and purport. Is it dread

  • Of ill that moves you or a boon ye crave?

  • My zeal in your behalf ye cannot doubt;

  • Ruthless indeed were I and obdurate

  • If such petitioners as you I spurned.

  • Profile Picture of Priest in Oedipus Rex

    Priest

    Yea, Oedipus, my sovereign lord and king,

  • Thou seest how both extremes of age besiege

  • Thy palace altarsβ€” fledglings hardly winged,