During the yearly festival to Adonis (one of Venus’ lovers) in Sestos, Leander and Hero first meet. Marlowe described it with a memorable ten. This week’s “poem” is an excerpt from Christopher Marlowe’s epyllion, Hero and Leander, a splendid piece of narrative verse that was never. The Project Gutenberg eBook, Hero and Leander, by Christopher Marlowe This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no.

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At which celestial noise The longing heart of Hero much more joys Than nymphs and shepherds when the timbrel rings, Or crooked dolphin when the sailor sings. When two are stripped, long ere the course begin We wish that one should lose, the other win. Some swore he was a maid in man’s attire, For in his looks were all that men desire, A pleasant smiling cheek, a speaking eye, A brow for love to banquet royally; And such as knew he was a man, would say, “Leander, thou art made for amorous play.

But as her naked feet were whipping out, He on the sudden clinged her so about, That, mermaid-like, unto the floor she slid. Such as had none at all, Came lovers home from this great festival. It was beautifully written and the story was quite okay. The mace, returning back, his own hand hit As meaning to be venged for darting it. Even as, when gaudy nymphs pursue the chase, Wretched Ixion’s shaggy footed race, Incensed with savage heat, gallop amain From steep pine-bearing mountains to the plain.

Want to Read saving…. Jewels being lost are found again, this never; ‘Tis lost but once, and once lost, lost forever. To expiate which sin, kiss and shake hands. Hero sees him coming and jumps in bed to hide.

Leander’s father knew where he had been And for the same mildly rebuked his son, Thinking to quench the sparkles new begun. Therefore unto his body hers he clung. Wherein Leander on her quivering breast Breathless spoke something, and sighed out the rest; Which so prevailed, as he with small ado Enclosed her in his arms and kissed her too.


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I wholeheartedly recommend it. No critical consensus exists on the chrristopher of how Marlowe, had he lived, would have finished the poem, or indeed if he would have finished it at all. Sad Hero wrung him by the hand and wept Saying, “Let your vows and promises be kept. Wherein Leander on her quivering breast, Breathless spoke something, and sighed out the rest; Which so prevailed, as he, with small ado, Enclosed her in his arms and kissed her too; And every kiss to her was as a charm, And to Leander as a fresh alarm: But there’s more to Hero a What a strange poem.

Hero is crhistopher, eventually, but, since the two must meet in secret, Leander swims the Nero each ldander to be with her, while Hero lights his way from the top of her tower with a flaming torch.

Like as the sun in a diameter Fires and inflames objects removed far, And heateth kindly, shining laterally, So beauty sweetly quickens when ’tis nigh, But being separated and removed, Burns where it cherished, murders where it loved.

Nor could the youth abstain, but he must wear The sacred ring wherewith she was endowed When first religious chastity she vowed. Leander strived; the waves about him wound, And pulled him to the bottom, where the ground Was strewed with pearl, and in low coral groves Sweet singing mermaids sported with their loves On heaps of heavy gold, and took great pleasure To spurn in careless sort the shipwrack treasure.

Hero and Leander

Heaven’s winged herald, Jove-borne Mercury, The selfsame day that he asleep had laid Enchanted Argus, spied a country maid Whose careless hair instead of pearl t’adorn it Glistered with dew, as one that seemed to scorn it; Her breath as fragrant as the morning rose, Her mind pure, and her tongue untaught to gloze. Such force and virtue hath an amorous look. Like untuned golden strings all women are, Which long time lie untouched, will harshly jar.


Loading comments… Trouble loading? This head was beat with many a churlish billow, And therefore let it rest upon thy pillow. Maids are not won by brutish force and might, But speeches full of pleasure, and delight.

Of virginity Jewels being lost are found again, this never; ‘Tis lost but once, and once lost, lost forever. A great poem, which should be read more than once.

Seeming not won, yet won she was at length. He clapped his plump cheeks, with his tresses played And, smiling wantonly, his love bewrayed.

If you do not charge anything for copies of this eBook, complying with the rules is very easy. The nearer that he came, the more she fled, And, seeking refuge, slipped into her bed.

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It is written in rhyme, which dominates the whole piece. Royalty payments must be paid within 60 days following each date on which you prepare or are legally required to prepare your periodic tax returns. That was pretty cool. Discovering his mistake, the god returns him to shore with a bracelet supposed to keep him safe from drowning. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Trivia About Hero and Leander. Hart is the originator of the Project Gutenberg-tm concept of a library of electronic chrisyopher that could be freely shared with anyone.