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Quotation from Aeschylus's The Libation Bearers
as epigraph to J.K. Rowlings's Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (2007)


share a bit of Harry Potter knowledge: I know of the Libation Bearers because J.K. Rowling begins the final novel (at which point the children will triumph) with this selection:


Oh, the torment bred in the race,

the grinding scream of death

and the stroke that hits the vein,

the hemorrhage none can staunch, the grief,

the curse no man can bear.


But there is a cure in the house,

and not outside it, no,

not from others but from them,

their bloody strife. We sing to you,

dark gods beneath the earth.


Now hear, you blissful powers underground--

answer the call, send help.

Bless the children, give them triumph now.







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