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Bérénice: Bérénice, tragic drama in five acts by Jean Racine, performed in and published in It is loosely based upon events following the death of. Racine: Berenice, a new complete downloadable English translation. Described as a ‘ravishing elegy’, Berenice is today regarded as one of Racine only makes very occasional appearances on the British stage.

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With what injustice and indignity She doubted of my truth. Be the first to review this item Amazon Best Sellers Rank: Half of the Eastern world will now be hers. The berenive of translation involves a variable mixture of showing off and self-effacement never Lowell’s strongest suit. Would God my father lived still, I’d be happy! The text, with Alan Hollinghurst’s earlier translation of Bereinceis published by Faber.

Well, Lord, and what could happen if I stayed?

I love him, he loves me, and yet we part. Prince, you are more than ever needful to me.

There are some ships prepared in Ostia harbour Ready to sail the instant you command ; But whom do you intend to send in them? If all my love and tears and sighs and sorrow — Nay, if my certain death can call him not.

What fancy makes you your own enemy? Now for the Queen! And then you made me promise, made me swear Never to speak again of love to you.

What do they expect from it? And I was told That he expects Antiochus even now. My mind’s made up ; I wish to go. And the constant pressures and threats of the world beyond the stage are felt all the more powerfully when their effect is registered only in the hopes and dreads, the agonising moral decisions of the generally small cast of characters each principal having an attendant confidant, of widely varying status and dramatic importance.


She was a Queen. The first English translation of Berenice was made inby the young Thomas Otwayfive years before he wrote his famous tragedy Venice Preserv’d. All is made ready. No, not a word. I think that I should die upon the day That they forbade me see you.

Titus, the time has come ; what will you do? This page was last edited on 18 Julyat Among her woe, neglected by the world, Might she not turn to me and stoop to me For help that she would know my love would render?

I will not answer that my hand, before you Put not a bloody end to this our parting. Racine rarely uses more than a handful of metaphors in an entire play, his language is essentially direct and unfigurative, and his vocabulary, though highly charged, is small and repetitive — about 2, words as against the 20, of Shakespeare. Queen, after that, I cannot remain silent. Give me the time to breathe!

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I will withdraw, and go, and without speaking Pass far away from her — forget her — die. The enemy quiet in their triple rampart, Watching unharmed our impotent attacks, And you advancing with the scaling ladders, Carrying death among them up the walls? I must maintain them.


Since Titus from to-day has cast her off, Think thus. Much -as I loved him, In hope of making Berenice the Empress. I will wait until you come to me ; We’ll know if she’s alive before we start.

Purple and gold and laurels engliah his victory.

I do not come to beg ennglish not to marry ; – I do not come to beg that you should love me ; Ah! Not only are there small errors, elisions and insertions in this but it is written as if blank verse were chopped-up prose rather than a form with its own tensions and possibilities, and shows little respect for Racine’s original couplet structure as a unit of thought.

Review: Berenice – A Younger Theatre

Are all your moments given to the Empire? And if I can believe, should I be glad? You only speak at his request, my Lord. It is ill-omened, and it frightens me. No, Lord ; that less than ever.

Review: Berenice

Lady, I might say this: No, to escape these torments of the soul There is a nobler way, as you know well. What sudden cause Presses your going? I will forget all that. What does this silence mean? Unfortunately, our editorial approach may not be able to accommodate all contributions. The Queen is forced to marry you. Yes, berejice are these those deeds in the great style, That were to crown me in men’s memories?