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SENECA'S TRAGEDIES.

Pro quo nihil debetur, hunc nulli iraputo. Vobis revexi ceteros, unum mihi. 235 Inceffe nunc, & cunfla flagitia ingere; Fatebor. obici crimen hoc folum poteft, Argo reverfa, virgini placeat pudor. Paterque placeat; tota cum ducibus ruet Pelafga tellus. hie tuus primum gener 240 Tauri ferocis ore flammanti occidet. Fortuna' caufam, qua volet, noftram premat Non pcenitet fervaffe tot regum decus. Quodcunque culpa prsemium ex omni tuli. Hoc eft penes te, fi placet, damna ream: 245 Sed redde crimen, fum nocens, fateor, Creo. Talem fciebas esse, cum genua altigi, Fidemque fupplex pnefidis dextra: petii. Terra hac miferiis angulum & fedem rogo, Latebrafque viles. urbe fi pelli placet, 250 Detur remotus aliquis in regnis locus. CR. Non effe me, qui fceptra violenter geram, Nee qui fuperbo miferias calcem pede, Teftatus equidem videor baud clare parum, Generum exfulem legendo, & affliiflum, & gravi 255 Terrore pavidum. quippe te poense expelit Letoque Acaftus, regna Thelfalica obtinens. Senio trementem debili atque sevo gravem Patrem peremtum queritur, & csefi fenis Difciffa membra; cum dolo captas tuo 260 PiK forores impium auderent nefas. Poteft Jafon, fi tuam caufam amoves, Suam tueri: nullus innocuum cruor Contaminavit. abfuit feiTO manus, Proculque veftro purus a ccetu ftetit. 265 Tu tu malorum machinati'ix facinorum, Cui femioea nequitia, ad audeudum omnia Virile robur, nulla famse memoria eft, Egredere, purga regna; letales fimul


for bringing whom nothing is owing to me! I charge no one but myself for that act! I brought the others back in safety for thee—him (Jason) to please myself!! Now set upon me, and heap up all things upon my shoulders, as crimes: I will confess to what is true, but can this solitary thing be thrown up in my teeth as a crime? Suppose the Argonauts had met with a reverse and it had suited me better, to have upheld the character of a virgin, and my wish had been to please my father;—all the Pelasgian land would have come to ruin, with