but that voyage of demigods
finally brought their end.
To Phasis then they came,
where they set their might
against the crushing Chochians
in presence of Aeëtes himself.
But the sovereign of swiftest darts,
the dappled wryneck
four-spoked upon an indissoluble wheel
first brought the maddening bird
to human kind and thus taught Aeson's son
skill in invocations and incantations,
that he might strip Medea of all reverence
for her parents and that Hellas, fiercely desired,
might set her whirling, as she blazed in spirit,
with the scourge of Persuasion.
And she at once revealed
the outcome of her father's trials:
preparing then the sap of roots with oil
for remedy against remorseless pain,
she gave it him to anoint his limbs.
They thus agreed by mutual consent
to join with one another in sweet union.
But when Aeëtes had planted in their midst
the adamantine plow and the oxen,
who were panting from tawny jaws
a flame of sear