Scilicet ut tauros. Let us here admire the artifice and ingenuity of the poet, what different shapes he assumes, and how artfully he makes every thing serve his purpose. Hypsipyle endeavours here to withdraw Jason's affection from Medea. For this purpose she represents her in such a light as may create horror; she alarms his fears, and would persuade him that he cannot safely trust himself with her. Lastly, under an appearance of weakening her own arguments, she adds double strength to them. She insinuates that his case was desperate, and that he was a mere slave unable to shake off the yoke. She knew his generous heroic temper, and hoped that, to clear himself from such an imputation, he would endeavour to subdue that hated passion.
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