Suppliant Maidens and Other Plays
In the beginning, Ouranos and Gaia held sway over Heaven and Earth. And manifold
children were born unto them, of whom were Cronos, and Okeanos, and the Titans, and
the Giants. But Cronos cast down his father Ouranos, and ruled in his stead, until Zeus
his son cast him down in his turn, and became King of Gods and men. Then were the
Titans divided, for some had good will unto Cronos, and others unto Zeus; until
Prometheus, son of the Titan lapetos, by wise counsel, gave the victory to Zeus. But Zeus
held the race of mortal men in scorn, and was fain to destroy them from the face of the
earth; yet Prometheus loved them, and gave secretly to them the gift of fire, and arts
whereby they could prosper upon the earth. Then was Zeus sorely angered with
Prometheus, and bound him upon a mountain, and afterward overwhelmed him in an
earthquake, and devised other torments against him for many ages; yet could he not slay
Prometheus, for he was a God.
STRENGTH AND FORCE.
CHORUS OF SEA-NYMPHS,
DAUGHTERS OF OCEANUS.
Scene--A rocky ravine in the mountains of Scythia.
Lo, the earth's bound and limitary land,
The Scythian steppe, the waste untrod of men!
Look to it now, Hephaestus--thine it is,
Thy Sire obeying, this arch-thief to clench
Against the steep-down precipice of rock,
With stubborn links of adamantine chain.
Look thou: thy flower, the gleaming plastic fire,
He stole and lent to mortal man--a sin
That gods immortal make him rue to-day,