Iphigenia in Aulis: Section 7 translation


Iph: If I had the voice of Orpheus, father,
to be able to persuade with my song, so that rocks followed me,
and to charm with words whom I wanted,
I would have gone there: but as it is, I will offer tears,
the only skill in my power: for I am able to offer these.
As a suppliant’s olive branch, I throw at your knees
my body, which she here begat for you,
do not destroy me before my time: for it is sweet to see
the light: do not force me to see the things beneath the earth.
I was the first to call you father, and you to call me child:
I was the first to put my body on your knees
and give dear pleasures and receive them in return.
These were your words: “O child, will I see you
happy in the house of a husband,
living and flourishing in a manner worthy of me?”