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SENECA'S TRAGEDIES.

Gravis ira regum eft semper. MED. Hoc fuades. mihi, Prseftas Creufae, pellicem invifam amoves. 495 JAS. Medea amores obicitf med. Et cjedem, & dolos. JAS. Objicere crimen quod potes tandem mihi? MED. Quodcunque feci. JAS. Reftat hoc unum infuper, Tuis ut etiam fceleribus fiam nocens. MED. Tua ilia, tua fimt Ula, cui prodeft fcelus, 500 Is fecit omnes conjiigem infamem arguantj Solus tuere, folus infontem voca. Tibi innocens fit, quifquis eft pro te nocens. JAS. Ingrata vita eft, cujas acceptje pudet. MED. Retinenda non eft, cujus acceptse pudet. 505 JAS. Quin potius ira concitum pe<ftus doma. Flacare natis. MED. Abdico, ejuro, abnuo. Meis Creufa liberis fratres dabit? JAS. Regina natis exfulum, afflidlis potens. MED. Non veniat unquam tarn malus miferis dies, 510 Qui prole foeda mifceat prolem inclitam; Phoebi nepotes Sifyphi nepotibus. JAS. Quid, mifera, meque teque in exitium trahis?


MEDEA.

Dost thou really persuade me to do this—Thou preferest thy beloved Creusa, and want to have me moved away as an objectionable rival or some cast-off mistress!

JASON.

Does Medea object so much then to my amours?

MEDEA.

Yes, and thy murders and deceitful perfidious deeds as well!

JASON.

What is the crime, after all, with which thou wishest to charge me?

MEDEA.

With whatever I have been induced to commit!

JASON.

Furthermore, this one thing remains, in which thou still persistest that I am to be viewed as a criminal, on account of thy crimes!