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And still I'm waiting for the sign, the flame of the beacon Which would tell us that Troy Had been captured. A woman in love With a man is just as faithful! And when I go back to bed, soaked With the dew, I stumble in the dark, And I have no dreams or sleep, I'm always surrounded by fear that if I fall too fast asleep I won't wake up again; If I decide to sing or hum a tune To stop myself sleeping, the music soon Changes to sighing for the untold story Of this house, which is not ruled as well as it used to be.

However, maybe God will give us some rest, by Showing us the flaming beacons in the night. Here is the light which sets fire to the dark, which Shows the dawn when it dances on the earth of Greece, Showing this great news! Hello there, inside! Go and tell Agamemnon's Queen To rise up like the dawn, and for her and her women To sing a song of triumphant in answer to this happy flame, If it really is true that the city of Troy Has fallen, as those flaming beacons tell us.

I myself will dance before Anyone else; for I think this is a lucky day For both myself and my master. Whether things are good or bad, I shall once again Shake the hand of my dear Lord, when he comes back! I won't say anything More than that. I feel as though my tongue Is tied. But these stone walls, if they could speak, They know, what a great story they could tell.

As for me, I can speak to anyone who knows it, If anyone else asks me, I know nothing. It is ten years since the justified enemies of Troy, The strong Atreidae, Menelaus and also Agamemnon rose up, Two thrones, two kingdoms, joined by God; And a thousand Greek ships sailed Over the sea to right a wrong; And the storm of battle cried all round them, As the vultures cry When their nest is robbed, and they fly up In lonely agony, circling wide, With their great wings like oars in the empty sky, For they have lost their task of keeping Watch over their vulture babies while they sleep.

But there is someone who hears high above, Pan or Zeus, some lost Apollo— They hear that keen suffering cry of the birds, Of the stranger in the sky of God who has been wronged; And they send down their anger To punish those who have broken the law. He knows that what has happened has happened, And the future is coming close behind; He is desperate to find God, He piles up his offerings, he makes his pyre With flames below and oil on top, And he cries, but his emotions will never Inspire the God who rejects his sacrifice.

We saw them go to take revenge that day, And they left us here, for we are old And weak; and these sticks support A strength not much more than that of a child.


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For the energy that drives a young man's hand And the bravery of older men, they have all left this place. And the old man, while the dead leaves blow And he walks on three feet with his staff, He goes, weak as a baby and alone, Like a leftover dream still present in daylight. But you, O daughter of Tyndareus, Queen Clytemnestra, what do you need? What is the news?

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What story or news has inspired you To send word throughout the city That there should be thanksgiving? For every god That guards the city, high and low, Gods of the marketplace, gods of the sky, Their altars are all blazing. Some here, some there, The flames leap up into the night sky, Inspired by the sweet soft orders Of she who brings sweetness to kings.

Don't ignore us, O Queen, tell us Everything that you can, And help remove this painful thought Which at one time hung over us, evil, And then from the fires you have lit Hope will be kindled, and our worries Will fall away for a little while, and My heart will be rested again. Each of those kings of the sea had a king amongst birds, One black eagle, one black but with a gleaming white tail, They stood where all could see them, by the leaders, And they killed a hare and the fetus in her womb, They killed the life which was not yet lived. Sorrow, you will come, but may good prevail!

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