Sophocles, Oedipus Tyrannus

LCL 20: 356-357

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Sophocles

ΟΙΔΙΠΟΥΣ

330τί φής; ξυνειδὼς οὐ φράσεις, ἀλλ᾿ ἐννοεῖς ἡμᾶς προδοῦναι καὶ καταφθεῖραι πόλιν;

ΤΕΙΡΕΣΙΑΣ

ἐγὼ οὔτ᾿ ἐμαυτὸν οὔτε σ᾿ ἀλγυνῶ. τί ταῦτ᾿ ἄλλως ἐλέγχεις; οὐ γὰρ ἂν πύθοιό μου.

ΟΙΔΙΠΟΥΣ

οὐκ, ὦ κακῶν κάκιστε, καὶ γὰρ ἂν πέτρου 335φύσιν σύ γ᾿ ὀργάνειας, ἐξερεῖς ποτέ, ἀλλ᾿ ὧδ᾿ ἄτεγκτος κἀτελεύτητος φανῇ;

ΤΕΙΡΕΣΙΑΣ

ὀργὴν ἐμέμψω τὴν ἐμήν, τὴν σὴν δ᾿ ὁμοῦ ναίουσαν οὐ κατεῖδες, ἀλλ᾿ ἐμὲ ψέγεις.

ΟΙΔΙΠΟΥΣ

τίς γὰρ τοιαῦτ᾿ ἂν οὐκ ἂν ὀργίζοιτ᾿ ἔπη 340κλύων, ἃ νῦν σὺ τήνδ᾿ ἀτιμάζεις πόλιν;

ΤΕΙΡΕΣΙΑΣ

ἥξει γὰρ αὐτά, κἂν ἐγὼ σιγῇ στέγω.

ΟΙΔΙΠΟΥΣ

οὔκουν ἅ γ᾿ ἥξει καὶ σὲ χρὴ λέγειν ἐμοί;

ΤΕΙΡΕΣΙΑΣ

οὐκ ἂν πέρα φράσαιμι. πρὸς τάδ᾿, εἰ θέλεις, θυμοῦ δι᾿ ὀργῆς ἥτις ἀγριωτάτη.

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Oedipus Tyrannus

oedipus

What are you saying? You know, but you will not tell us, but are minded to betray us and to destroy the city?

tiresias

I shall give pain neither to you nor to myself. Why do you question me in vain? You cannot learn from me.

oedipus

Most villainous of villains—you would drive even a rock to fury! Will you never speak out, but be seen as inflexible and inconclusive?

tiresias

You find fault with my temper, but you have not seen your own that lives with you, and you blame me.

oedipus

Why, who would not be angry, hearing such words as those with which you now show disrespect for the city?

tiresias

Yes, things will come of themselves, even if I veil it in silence.

oedipus

Is not what will come just what you ought to tell me?

tiresias

I will explain no further; in the face of that, pray rage with the most ferocious anger!

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DOI: 10.4159/DLCL.sophocles-oedipus_tyrannus.1994