Oh! Athene, venerable mistress! it is well for our city he is
dead, and before he could serve us with this hash.
Then go and seek one at Sparta and have done with it!
Be back as quick as ever you can.
What is going to happen, friends? This is the critical hour. Ah!
if there is some initiate of Samothrace among you, this is surely
the moment to wish this messenger some accident-some sprain or strain.
Alas! alas! thrice again, alas!