Stasimon 5, Lines 1153-1164
The Chorus sings and dances, celebrating the triumph of Bacchus and the death of Pentheus. They hail the god and his female devotees, the women of Thebes, and particularly Agave. They give a picture of Agave, her hands covered in the blood of her son.
This brief ode presents a momentary interlude between the messenger’s story and the appearance of Agave. In the last lines the Chorus prepares the audience for what it is about to see.