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Could the sight 1375 of youngsters, bred as mine are, gladden me? No, no longer those eyes, by no means. And my urban, its towers and sacred locations of the Gods, of those I robbed my depressing self 1380 whilst I commanded all to force him out, the legal on account that proved by way of God impure and of the race of Laius. To this guilt I bore witness opposed to myself— with what eyes shall i glance upon my humans? 1385 No. If there have been a way to choke the fountain of listening to i wouldn't have stayed my hand from locking up my depressing carcase, seeing and listening to not anything; it truly is sweet 1390 to maintain our concepts out of the diversity of harm. Cithaeron, why did you obtain me? why having acquired me did you no longer kill me immediately? And so I had now not proven to males my beginning. O Polybus and Corinth and the home, the previous apartment that I used to name my father’s— 1395 what equity you have been nurse to, and what foulness festered underneath! Now i'm stumbled on to be a sinner and a son of sinners. Crossroads, and hidden glade, oak and the slim method on the crossroads, that drank my father’s blood 1400 provided you by means of my arms, do you consider nonetheless what I did as you appeared on, and what I did whilst I got here the following? O marriage, marriage! you bred me and back if you had bred bred young children of your baby and confirmed to men 1405 brides, other halves and moms and the foulest deeds that may be during this international of ours. Come—it’s undeserving to assert what's undeserving to do. —I beg of you in God’s identify conceal me 1410 someplace outdoor your state, convinced, or kill me, or throw me into the ocean, to be endlessly from your sight. procedure and deign to the touch me for all my wretchedness, and don't worry. No guy yet i will endure my evil doom. 1415 refrain right here Creon is available in healthy time to accomplish or provide recommendation in what you ask folks. Creon is left sole ruler on your stead. Oedipus Creon! Creon! What shall I say to him? How am i able to justly wish that he'll belief me? 1420 In what's previous i've been proved in the direction of him an utter liar. (Enter Creon. ) Creon Oedipus, I’ve come no longer in order that i would snort at you nor taunt you with evil of the previous. but when you continue to are with no disgrace earlier than the face of fellows reverence at the very least the flame that provides all life, 1425 our Lord the sunlight, and don't express unveiled to him pollutants such that neither land nor holy rain nor mild of day can welcome. (To a servant. ) Be quickly and take him in. it's so much decent 1430 that in simple terms family members should still see and listen to the worries of relatives. Oedipus i urge you, due to the fact you’ve torn me from my dreadful expectancies and feature come in a so much noble spirit to a guy that has used you vilely—do something for me. I shall converse to your personal reliable, no longer for my very own. Creon What do you want that you'd ask of me? 1435 Oedipus force me from the following with all of the velocity you could to the place i could no longer listen a human voice. Creon make certain, i might have performed this had now not I needed firstly to profit from the God the direction of motion I may still keep on with. Oedipus yet his word 1440 has been fairly transparent to permit the parricide, the sinner, die.