The Oedipus Plays

by: Sophocles

Section 9: Oedipus the King, lines 1311-1684

1

. . . does there exist, is there a man on earth who seizes more joy than just a dream, a vision? And the vision no sooner dawns than dies blazing into oblivion.

2

“You you’ll see no more the pain I suffered, all the pain I caused! Too long you looked on the ones you never should have seen, blind to the ones you longed to see, to know! Blind from this hour on! Blind in the darkness—blind!”

3

I’d never have come to this, my father’s murderer—never been branded mother’s husband, all men see me now!

4

I have been saved for something great and terrible, something strange. Well let my destiny come and take me on its way!

5

Time is the great healer, you will see.