This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1837 Excerpt: ...of the king respecting the newly arrived stranger, and it was agreed that he should be poisoned at an approaching festival; but as Theseus was raising the poisoned goblet to his lips, iEgeus recognized him by the sword which he wore by his side, and dashed the cup to the ground. An explanation taking place, the father and son were reconciled; and Medea, to avoid the punishment that awaited her, again mounted her fiery chariot and disappeared through the air. The Argonauts now stemm'd the foaming tide, And to Arcadia's shore their course applied; Where sightless Phineus spent his age in grief, But Boreas' sons engage in his relief, And those unwelcome guests, the odious race Of Harpies,f from the monarch's table chase. With Jason, then, they greater toils sustain, And Phasis'J slimy banks at last they gain. Here boldly they demand the golden prized Of Scythia's king, who sternly thus replies! " That mighty labours they must first o'ercome, Or sail their Argo thence unfreighted home." Meanwhile Medea the brave youth admires; And now by reason strives to quench the fires That in her bosom glow: but vainly strove; (For weak is reason's voice 'gainst mighty love!) " Ah! wretched me," she cries, " some god withstands, And reason's baffled counsel countermands. What unseen power does this disorder move? 'Tis love,--at least 'tis like what men call love. Else wherefore should the king's commands appear To me too hard?--But so indeed they are. Why should I for a stranger fear, lest he Should perish, whom I did but lately see? His death or safety, what are they to me? Wretch! from thy virgin breast this flame expel, And soon--0! could I, all would then be well. " Sightless Phineus." The children of Phineus being accused by their ste...
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David R. Slavitt, poet, novelist, critic, and journalist, has published more than fifty books. His translations include the Metamorphoses of Ovid, The Fables of Avianus, the & quot;Eclogues& quot; and & quot;Georgics& quot; of Virgil, and Seneca: The Tragedies, Vols. 1 and 2, all available from Johns Hopkins.
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