Into the Brightness of the Day
search of Cassandra, Princess of Troy
City has been Burned to the Ground
Another Mad Message
to Go Home
music by Ed Hooke,
November 1994 - © Ed Hooke 1994 &
taken from Cassandra's entrance speech in the play "The
Women of Troy" by Euripides c500BC, translated from Ancient
Greek into English by Phillip Vellacott © 1973
the 'All my life' bit, by Ed Hooke 2006
the torch and fling the flame!
Flood the walls with holy light!
Hymen, God of Marriage!
Agamemnon, master of
my maiden flesh,
King of Argos, take me!
falls on me & falls on you.
Hear our cry of worship,
God of Marriage!
since you crouch and cry
Weak with tears & loud with
grief for my dear dead city
And my murdered father
have brought them
- torches for my wedding night,
light and dancing flame,
In your honour, Hymen, God of hot desire!
Send the gleam you love to lend
To the ritual
Of the wedded virgin!
Loose your leaping feet,
Wild with wine of ecstasy!
my father's happy fate!
God Apollo, lead this holy ritual dance!
Under your immortal laurel-tree,
priestess call on you!
Hymen, mighty god,
my life has been made for this day. All my life.
All my life
I've prepared for this time. All my life.
and dance, Mother, dance with me;
Charm the Powers with lucky
Loudly chant your daughter's wedding-song!
and turn in purest ecstasy!
Maids of Troy,
Wear your finest
Come, and sing my wedding-song,
Hail the lover Love
and Fate appoint for me!