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THE ARGONAUTS (ARGONATUICA): MEDEA'S DREAM, by            
First Line: There as she lay, a deep sleep brought relieving
Last Line: And with the cry sleep left her; she awoke.
Alternate Author Name(s): Apollonius Of Rhodes


THERE as she lay, a deep sleep brought relieving
Out of her griefs; but horrid dreams deceiving
Vexed her, the nightmares of a woman's pain.
She thought that why the stranger dared this task
Was not for any passion of achieving
The ram's fleece: not that prize he came to ask
In the city of AEetes, but to carry
Herself back home, the bride he came to marry.
She dreamed that she contested with each bull
Herself, and easily the task she met.
But then her parents made their promise null,
Claiming it was not her but him they set
To yoke the bulls -- from that a quarrel broke,
Father and strangers wrangling; but both sides
Agreed to leave it to her heart's directing;
And suddenly, her parents both neglecting,
She chose the stranger.
But they were bitterly hurt, and cried in anger,
And with the cry sleep left her; she awoke.





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