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SENECA'S TRAGEDIES.

CR. Auditus a te Pelia fupplicium tulit. Sed fare, caufae detur egregise locus. MED. Difficile quam fit animum ab ira fle(5lere Jam concitatum; quamque regale lioc putet, Sceptris fuperbas quifquis admovit manus, 205 Qua coepit, ire; regia didici mea. Quamvis enim Cm clade miferanda obruta, Expulfa, fupplex, fola, deferta, undique Afflifta; quondam nobili fulfi patre, Avoque clarum Sole deduxi genus. 210 Quodcunque placidis flexibus Phafis rigat; Pontufque quidquid Scythicus a tergo videt; Paluftribus qua maria dulcefcunt aquis; Armata peltis quidquid exercet cohors Inclufa ripis vidua Thermodontiis: 215 Hoc omne nofter genitor imperio regit. Generofa, felix, decore regali potens Fulfi. petebant tunc meos thalamos proci, Qui nunc petuntur. rapida Fortuna ac levis, Prsecepfque regno eripuit, exfifib dedit, 220 Confide regnis, cum levis magnas opes Hue ferat & iUuc cafus. hoc reges habent Magnificum & ingens, nulla quod rapiat dies, ProdelTe miferis, fupplices fido lare Protegere. folum hoc Colchico regno extuli; 225 Decus illud ingens, Grseciae florem inclitum, Prasfidia Achivas gentis, & prolem Deum Servaffe memet. munus eft Orpheus meum, Qui faxa cantu mulcet, & filvas trahit, Geminumque munus Caftor & Pollux meum eft; 230 Satique Borea; quique trans Pontum quoque Summota Lynceus lumine immiflTo videt; Omnefque Minyae. nam ducum taceo ducem;


CREON.

Was the punishment of Pelias awarded after a fair hearing of both sides? But tell me, at once,—an opporunity is now given thee of pleading to that very egregious crime!

MEDEA.

What a difficult thing it is to divert the mind from anger, when once it is fully roused; the man who has