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After some years, in order to mend his fortunes, Jason marries Creusa, the daughter of the King of Corinth. Medea, doomed to exile, plots vengeance on her husband. To Creusa she sends her two children bearing a poisoned robe and crown, ostensibly that they may beg to remain under the new bride's protection, but in reality that they may compass her destruction. Medea now seeks-her children being again with her—to steel her heart to murder them.
O children, children mine: and you have found
And I go my way
Oh, cursèd be mine own hard heart! 'Twas all
would tend me in mine age, and do
And laugh with that last laughter?
Woe is me,
Women, my strength is gone,
I can do it not.
What is it with me? Would I be a thing
[The children go in.
And they whose eyes
Ah, ah, thou Wrath within me! Do not thou,
Too late, too late!
I know all. Yet . . . seeing that I
[A handmaid brings the children out again.
Come, children; stand A little from me. There. Reach out your hand, Your right hand—s—to mother: and good-by!
[She has kept them hitherto at arm's-length: but at the touch of their hands, her resolution breaks down, and she gathers them passionately into her arms.
Go! . :
Oh, darling hand! Oh, darling mouth, and eye,
SCENES FROM ROMEO AND JULIET
HE place is a banqueting hall in the house of
joyously forward. Although there is a deadly feud between the Capulets and the Montagues, Romeo, a young scion of the latter house, has been induced to join a group of gay companions, and is in attendance, masked. With “this night's revels” begins the tragic story of the play. The opening speech is addressed to a servingman. Romeo does not suspect that the lady about whom he inquires is Juliet, a daughter of the household, and a Capulet.
I know not,
Rom. What lady is that, which doth enrich the hand Of yonder knight? Serv.
sir. Rom. O, she doth teach the torches to burn bright! It seems she hangs upon the cheek of night Like a rich jewel in an Ethiope's ear; Beauty too rich for use, for earth too dear! So shows a snowy dove trooping with crows, As yonder lady o'er her fellows shows. The measure done, I'll watch her place of stand, And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand. Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne'er saw true beauty till this night.
Romeo has made his way to Juliet, and now addresses her in lines which constitute the first quatrain of a Shakespearean sonnet. Succeeding speeches complete the sonnet.
Rom. [To Juliet.] If I profane with my unworthiest hand
This holy shrine, the gentle fine is this:
To smooth that rough touch with a tender kiss.
Which mannerly devotion shows in this;
And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss.
They pray, grant thou, lest faith turn to despair.
Give me my sin again.
You kiss by the book.
The conversation is 'here interrupted, but the two are already lovers, and before many moments have passed each has learned, with dismay, the identity of the other.
The place is . Capulet's orchard, a garden. The dance is over. Romeo has escaped his companions, and in the hope of seeing Juliet has leapt the orchard wall. The first line he speaks is a comment upon the satirical sallies of the wittiest of his fellow-maskers, Mercutio, who has been loudly calling after him, but in vain.