And in time past, when in despite of friends
Thou gav'st the rein to passion, still thy bane.
Restore the maidens, else thou goest not.
Then Thebes will take a dearer surety soon;
I will lay hands on more than these two maids.
And deeds forthwith shall make them good.
Unless perchance our sovereign intervene.
O shameless voice! Would'st lay an hand on me?