So am I purposed; never by my will Shall miscreants take precedence of true men, But all good patriots, alive or dead, Shall be by me preferred and honored.
GUARD I gall thine ears—this miscreant thy mind.
More hateful still the miscreant who seeks When caught, to make a virtue of a crime.
But for the miscreant exile who returned Minded in flames and ashes to blot out His father’s city and his father’s gods, And glut his vengeance with his kinsmen’s blood, Or drag them captive at his chariot wheels— For Polyneices ’tis ordained that none Shall give him burial or make mourn for him, But leave his corpse unburied, to be meat For dogs and carrion crows, a ghastly sight.
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a teacher always on the lookout for miscreants
we must attack now, before yonder miscreants are strengthened by their friends.