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Jean Racine (1639–1699). Phædra.
The Harvard Classics. 1909–14.

Act IV

Scene III


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,

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?