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SENECA'S TRAGEDIES.

Nullum vagante forma 860 Servat diu colorem. Hue fert pedes & illuc, Ut tigris orba natis, Curfu furente luftrat Gangeticum nemus: fio 865 Frenare nefcit iras Medea, non amores. Nunc ira amorque caufam Junxere. quid fequetur? Quando efferet Pelafgis 870 Nefanda Colchis arvis Greffum, metuque folvet Regnum, fimulque reges? Nunc, Phoebe, mitte cuitus Nullo morante loro. 875 Nox condat alma lucem. Mergat diem timendum Dux no{5lis Hefperigo.


ACTUS QUINTUS.

NUNTIUS, CHORUS, NUTRIX, MEDEA, JASON.

Narrat nuntius, Creufam cum patre regiaque tota flagrafle perni- ciofo Medeffi munere. Medea filios fuos trucidat, & aufugit.


NUNT. Periere cunfla. concidit regni flatus. Nata atque genitor cinere permixto jacent. 880 CHOR. Qua fraude capti? nunt. Qua folent reges capi; Denis. CHOR. In illis effe quis potuit dolus? NUNT. Et ipfe miror; vixque jam fa<5lo malo PotuilTe fieri credo. CHOR. Quis cladis modus?


length of time on her changeable face! Hither and thither she paces wildly, even as a tigress, robbed of her cubs, searches with instinctive anxiety the forests of the Ganges, raging furiously as it follows up the track, and thus Medea is unable to resist the force of her anger, and the strength of her repudiated passion! Now when anger and baulked love join in hostile array, what may not the consequences be? When will this wicked woman from Colchis take her departure from our Pelasgian country? Or will she keep the kingdom, and at the same time the kings themselves in a perpetual state of alarm?