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Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1909 Excerpt: ...such silence evil deeds burst out. Cedip. Burst out what will, I seek to know my birth, Low though it be, and she perhaps is shamed (For, like a woman, she is proud of heart) At thoughts of my low birth; but I, who count Myself the child of Fortune, fear no shame. My mother she, and she has prospered me. And so the months that span my life have made me Both high and low; but whatsoe''er I be, Such as I am I am, and needs must on To fathom all the secret of my birth. Stroph Chorus. If the seer''s gift be mine, Or skill in counsel wise, Thou, O Kithaeron, when the morrow comes, Our full moon festival, Shalt fail not to resound The voice that greets thee, fellow-citizen, Parent and nurse of CEdipus; And we will on thee weave our choral dance, As bringing to our princes glad good news. Hail! hail! O Phoebus, smile on this our prayer. Antistroph Who was it, child, that bore thee? Blest daughter of the ever-living Ones, Or meeting in the ties of love with Pan, Who wanders o''er the hills, Or with thee, Loxias, for to thee are dear All the high lawns where roam the pasturing flocks; Or was it he who rules Kyllene''s height; Or did the Bacchic god, Upon the mountain''s peak, Receive thee as the gift of some fair nymph Of Helicon''s fair band, With whom he sports and wantons evermore? Cedip. If I must needs conjecture, who as yet Ne''er met the man, I think I see the shepherd, Whom this long while we sought for. With the years His age fits well. And now I see besides, My servants bring him. Thou perchance can''st say From former knowledge yet more certainly. Chorus. I know him well, O king! For this man stood, If any, known as Laius'' faithful slave. Enter Shepherd Cedip. Thee first I ask, Corinthian stranger, say Is this the man? Mess. The very man thou seek''st. Cedip. Ho, ...