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Browning, Elizabeth Barrett, 1806-1861 : PROMETHEUS BOUND. [from Poetical works (1897): TRANSLATIONS]

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University of Toronto Scarborough
Laura Jane Wey

Browning Elizabeth Barrett 18061861 PROMETHEUS BOUND from Poetical works 1897 TRANSLATIONSPage 555 PERSONSPrometheusOceanusHermesHephstusIo daughter ofInachusStrengthandForceChorus of Sea NymphsSceneStrengthandForceHephstusandPrometheus at the RocksStrength1 We reach the utmost limit of the earth2 The Scythian track the desert without man3 And now Hephstus thou must needs fulfil4 The mandate of our Father and with links5 Indissoluble of adamantine chains6 Fasten against this beetling precipice7 This guilty god Because he filched away8 Thine own bright flower the glory of plastic fire9 And gifted mortals with itsuch a sin10 It doth behove he expiate to the gods11 Learning to accept the empery of Zeus12 And leave off his old trick of loving manHephstus13 O Strength and Force for you our Zeuss will14 Presents a deed for doing no morebutI15 I lack your daring up this stormrent chasm16 To fix with violent hands a kindred god17 Howbeit necessity compels me so18 That I must dare it and our Zeus commands19 With a most inevitable word Ho thou20 Highthoughted son of Themis who is sage21 Thee loth I loth must rivet fast in chains22 Against this rocky height unclomb by man23 Where never human voice nor face shall find24 Out thee who lovst them and thy beautys flower25 Scorched in the suns clear heat shall fade away26 Night shall come up with garniture of stars27 To comfort thee with shadow and the sun28 Disperse with retrickt beams the morningfrosts Cde Souza ENGB30H3 Page 1 28 Disperse with retrickt beams the morningfrosts29 But through all changes sense of present woe30 Shall vex thee sore because with none of them31 There comes a hand to free Such fruit is plucked32 From love of man and in that thou a god33 Didst brave the wrath of gods and give away34 Undue respect to mortals for that crime35 Thou art adjudged to guard this joyless rock36 Erect unslumbering bending not the knee37 And many a cry and unavailing moan38 To utter on the air For Zeus is stern39 And newmade kings are cruelStrength39 Be it so40 Why loiter in vain pity Why not hate41 A god the gods hate one too who betrayedPage 556 42 Thy glory unto menHephstus42 An awful thing43 Is kinship joined to friendshipStrength43 Grant it be44 Is disobedience to the Fathers word45 A possible thing Dost quail not more for thatHephstus46 Thou at least art a stern one ever boldStrength47 Why if I wept it were no remedy48 And do notthouspend labour on the air49 To bootless usesHephstus49 Cursed handicraft50 I curse and hate thee O my craftStrength50 Why hate51 Thy craft most plainly innocent of all52 These pending illsHephstus52 I would some other hand53 Were here to work itStrength53 All work hath its pain54 Except to rule the gods There is none free55 Except King ZeusHephstus55 I know it very well56 I argue not against itStrength56 Why not then57 Make haste and lock the fetters overhim58 Lest Zeus behold thee lagging Cde Souza ENGB30H3 Page 2 57 Make haste and lock the fetters overhim58 Lest Zeus behold thee laggingHephstus58 Here be chains59 Zeus may behold theseStrength59 Seize him strike amain60 Strike with the hammer on each side his hands61 Rivet him to the rockHephstus61 The work is done62 And thoroughly doneStrength62 Still faster grapple him63 Wedge him in deeper leave no inch to stir64 Hes terrible for finding a way out65 From the irremediableHephstus65 Heres an arm at least66 Grappled past freeingStrength66 Now then buckle me67 The other securely Let this wise one learn68 Hes duller than our ZeusHephstus68 Oh none but he69 Accuse me justlyStrength69 Now straight through the chest70 Take him and bite him with the clenching tooth71 Of the adamantine wedge and rivet himHephstus72 Alas Prometheus what thou sufferest here73 I sorrow overStrength73 Dost thou flinch again74 And breathe groans for the enemies of Zeus75 Beware lest thine own pity find thee outHephstus76 Thou dost behold a spectacle that turns77 The sight o the eyes to pityStrength77 I behold78 A sinner suffer his sins penalty79 But lash the thongs about his sidesHephstus79 So much80 I must do Urge no farther than I mustStrength81 Ay but Iwillurgeand with shout on shout82 Will hound thee at this quarry Get thee down83 And ring amain the iron round his legsHephstus84 That work was not long doingStrength84 Heavily now Cde Souza ENGB30H3 Page 3
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