Pulsa est aesonia, &c. Paris had made great promises to Helen; but these were usual in soliciting favours of this kind; and, though given with the greatest air of sincerity, were very little regarded afterwards. She therefore tells him, that these promises could give her little security, since it appeared from numberless examples, that those who trusted to them were in the end deceived. She instances particularly in Medea, and insinuates her fears of a like fate to herself.aeetes to whom she could fly for relief, no mother Ipsea, or sister Chalciope to hear her complaints. I indeed fear none of this; but neither did Medea fear: love often contributes to its own deceit. What ship now tossed by stormy waves, did not sail first from the port with a favorable wind? I am terrified too by the flaming torch, which, in your mother's dream, seemed to spring from her womb before your birth. Add to this the prophecies which foretell that Ilium shall be consumed with Grecian fire. It is true that Venus favors us, because she carried off the prize, and by your judgment triumphed over two. But then I fear again the resentment of the two, who in this contest, so much to your honor, lost their cause by your sentence. Nor can it be doubted, if I follow you, that troops will be raised to recover me. Our love (alas!) must make
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