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PISTHETAIROS Then swear an oath on it. 1 PISTHETAIROS Oh, you’ll win! CHORUS LEADER And if I break the oath, then let me win by just a single vote. Listen all of you! The armed infantry can now pick up their weapons and go home. Keep an eye out for any bulletins we put up on our notice boards. CHORUS By nature man is born to lie. But state your case. Give it a try. There’s a chance you have observed 1 win: a reference to the fact that Birds is competing in a drama festival. 36 560 [450] some useful things inside this bird, some greater power I possess, which my dull brain has never guessed.

He tells the master mariner to hang his rudder up and go to sleep awhile. He tells Orestes, too, to weave himself a winter cloak, so he won’t freeze when he sets out again to rip off people’s clothes. 2 Then after that the Kite appears, to let you know another season’s here— it’s time to shear the sheep. 950 Then Swallow comes. Now you should sell your winter cloak and get yourself a light one. 3 See how, in all your business, you first look to birds— when you trade, buy goods, or when a man gets married.

He is carrying a scroll] ORACLE MONGER Don’t sacrifice that goat! PISTHETAIROS W hat? W ho are you? ORACLE MONGER W ho am I? I’m an oracular interpreter. 63 PISTHETAIROS To hell with you! [960] ORACLE MONGER Now, now, my dear good man, don’t disparage things divine. You should know there’s an oracle of Bacis which speaks of your Cloudcuckootown— it’s pertinent. PISTHETAIROS Then how come you didn’t talk to me about this prophecy some time before I set my city here? 1240 ORACLE MONGER I could not do that— powers divine held me in check.

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