Medea restores the youth of her husband’s aged father Aeson
by cutting him up and boiling him in a pot together with certain herbs;
She advises the daughters of Pelias to do the same for their father;
but after they cut him up,
Medea breaks her promise to provide the necessary magic.
looking back as she did so,
caught the white, foamy juice from the cut in bronze vessels…
And the hidden boxes conceal the cuttings of the roots,
uttering loud ritual cries, naked,
was severing with bronze sickles.
O Sun our lord and sacred fire,
the spear of Hecate of the roads,
which she carries as she attends her mistress in the sky
and as she inhabits the sacred crossroads of the earth,
crowned with oak-leaves and the woven coils of savage dragons!