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Medea1saw Creusa led
2A bride to her ungrateful spouse’s bed,
3She vowed revenge, hid underneath a smile
4Which did the
royal virgin2so beguile
her4the robe and crown
6And, overjoyed, put on the
7But, putting holy incense in the fire,
8The palace soon became her funeral pyre.
9Then fierce Medea with
Killing her children in their father’s view.7
11O, horrid! She (even she) that gave them birth
12Stabbed those sweet boys, then flung them to the earth.
13Her mad impiety did rise thus far
14To dare the gods to do as much by her.
Ariadne8did not so when she
16Fair Phaedra in false Jason’s arms did see;
17When she forsaken was on Naxos’s shore,
18The pity of the gods she did implore.
Liber Pater9took her for his spouse;
refulgent10orbs he crowned her brows.
21So, though afflictions doth thy soul surround,
22Yet trust in God thy patience will be
23Then let this
flaming fabric12warn all those
24That injure others not to trust their foes:
25But O, my enemies within me be
my self13, dear God, deliver me.