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With hideous din; and by each other's hand,
High as erewhile to Heav'n they reard the crest,
THE END OF THE THIRD BOOK.
BOOK THE FOURTH:
ARGUMENT. Æetes begins to suspect, that his daughters, particularly
Medea, must have had some share, in the unexpected success of Jason.--He calls a council of his confidential friends, by night.--Modea is alarmed, and dreads the vengeance of ber father. Her first thoughts, on the occasion, lead her to end her life by poison.-Through the influence of Juno, she 'resolves, after a conflict between love and fear, and the sense of duty, to fly from Colchos, with the Argonauts.. .She leaves the city, by night, and joins
Jason and his companions, at the ship. Their meeting described. The fleece of gold. --The dragon that guarded it described. Jason is aided by Medea, lalls the latter to rest, and gains possessioa of the former.--Medea sails with the adventurers for Greece. Æetes pursues them. The Argonauts, having crost the Euxine sea, sail up the Ister.-Abo syrtus, the brother of Medea, is murdered, through the contrivance of that princess, and the treachery of
Jason. --The pollution, induced by this act of cruelty, is expiated by Circey at whose island the Minya land. Thetis and her nymphs conduct the vessel through the straits of Scylla, and Charybdis.---The Argonauts sail past the islands of the Sirens, from whose enchantments they are preserved by Orpheus.
- At Corcyra, they encounter the Colcbians, who pursued them through the Symplegades . The Col. chians importune Aleindus, king of the island, to de: liver up Medea to them, that they may restore her to
her father. - The monarch consents to send her back to her father, provided she is yet unmarried; declaring, at the same time, that, if she is already united to Jason, he will not part man and wife: by the contrivance of Arete, wife to Alcinous, the nuptials of Medea and Jason are immediately celebrated; and Alcinous protects the lovers. The Argonauts again put to sea; and are driven, on the quicksands of Africa; where they are in danger of perishing. They are extricated from the present distress, by the tutelary deities of the country. -- The Minge bear the vessel on their shoulders to the lake Tritonis.-The Hesperides, whom they find bewailing the loss of their dragon, slain the preceding day by Hercules, give them some tidings of that hero. --- Fruitless attempt to overtake him.--Death of Canthus, and of Mopsus.---Triton appears.--His figure particularly described.--He gives the heroes information and directions respecting the remainder of their voyage.
The Argonauts pass near Crete.--Marvellous adventure and death of Talus.--At Hippuris, the adventurers sacrifice to Phebus, who, standing on the top of a hill, enlightens their way. A clod of earth, which had been given to Euphemus by Triton, is thrown into the sea, and becomes an island, named Calliste.--The Minya anchor at the island of Ægina, where they water, and, loosing from thence, arrive,
without further interruption, on the coast of Thessaly. Basy subrogad o s