by Aeschylus (525? BCE - 456 BCE)

ἑκὼν δ᾽ ἀνάγκας ἄτερ δίκαιος ὢν
Language: Greek (Ελληνικά) 
ἑκὼν δ᾽ ἀνάγκας ἄτερ δίκαιος ὢν
οὐκ ἄνολβος ἔσται·
πανώλεθρος <δ᾽> οὔποτ᾽ ἂν γένοιτο.
τὸν ἀντίτολμον δέ φαμι παρβάταν
ἄγοντα πολλὰ παντόφυρτ᾽ ἄνευ δίκας
βιαίως ξὺν χρόνῳ καθήσειν
λαῖφος, ὅταν λάβῃ πόνος
θραυομένας κεραίας.

καλεῖ δ᾽ ἀκούοντας οὐδὲν <ἐν> μέσᾳ
δυσπαλεῖ τε δίνᾳ·
γελᾷ δὲ δαίμων ἐπ᾽ ἀνδρὶ θερμῷ,
τὸν οὔποτ᾽ αὐχοῦντ᾽ ἰδὼν ἀμαχάνοις
δύαις λαπαδνὸν οὐδ᾽ ὑπερθέοντ᾽ ἄκραν·
δι᾽ αἰῶνος δὲ τὸν πρὶν ὄλβον
ἕρματι προσβαλὼν δίκας
ὤλετ᾽ ἄκλαυτος, αἶστος.

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Confirmed with Aeschylus with an English translation by Herbert Weir Smyth, Ph.D. Volume II. London: William Heinemann, NewYork: G. P. Putnam's Sons. MCMXXVI [1926], page page 322 (verses 550-565); and with Aeschyli tragoediae edidit A. Kirchhoff. Berolini apud Weidmannos, MDCCCLXXX [1880], pages 260-261 (verses 540-555).

The text is a short fragment from Aeschylus' Eumenides, sung by the Chorus of Furies.

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