Jason from Medea by Euripides
Classical Greek -Men
Jason: (second episode)
So……..this is not the first time
I have seen irrevocable damage done by a barbarous rage.
You could have stayed here, in this land, in this house
Had you submitted quietly to your ruler’s plans.
Instead you ranted like a lunatic…so now you are banished.
To me your tirade means not a thing:
Go on declaiming what a monster Jason is.
But when it comes to royalty, the princess and the king,
Count yourself lucky to only be banished.
I have tried continuously to calm things down;
For I should like you to remain. But you, madam,
Obstinate in folly, have reviled our royalty,
And so you are banished.
Yet, in spite of everything, I come, Medea,
Patient to the last with someone I am fond of,
To do what I can to help.
You and the children need not leave the country penniless
And impoverished for…exile drags with it a chain of troubles.
And hate me though you may,
I cannot bring myself to wish you harm.