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For know, that underneath this radiant flower
Was Danae's statue in a brazen tower,
Jove slyly stealing from his sister's bed,
To dally with Idalian Ganimed,
And for his love Europa bellowing loud,
And tumbling with the rainbow in a cloud;
Blood-quaffing Mars heaving the iron net,
Which limping Vulcan and his Cyclops set;
Love kindling fire, to burn such towns as Troy,
Sylvanus weeping for the lovely boy
That now is turn'd into a cypress tree,
Under whose shade the wood-gods love to be.
And in the midst a silver altar stood:
There Hero, sacrificing turtles' blood,
Vail'd to the ground, veiling her eyelids close;
And modestly they opened as she rose.
Thence flew Love's arrow with the golden head;
And thus Leander was enamoured.
Stone-still he stood, and evermore he gazed,
Till with the fire that from his count'nance blazed
Relenting Hero's gentle heart was strook:
Such force and virtue hath an amorous look.

        It lies not in our power to love or hate,
For will in us is over-rul'd by fate.
When two are stript, long ere the course begin,
We wish that one should lose, the other win;
And one especially do we affect
Of two gold ingots, like in each respect:
The reason no man knows, let it suffice,
What we behold is censur'd by our eyes.
Where both deliberate, the love is slight:
Who ever lov'd, that lov'd not at first sight?

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mylodon
Oct. 24th, 2013 07:14 am (UTC)
They'd have been turtle doves, dear, not the reptilian ones. Panic not. :)
eglantine_br
Oct. 25th, 2013 02:10 pm (UTC)
For some reason that makes me feel better. (Not that killing little birds is right, but that killing turtles is just so WRONG!!)
charliecochrane
Oct. 25th, 2013 02:15 pm (UTC)
Yes. Exactly. I think there's something in the Bible about the voice of the turtle...
kcwarwick
Oct. 24th, 2013 11:25 am (UTC)
'It lies not in our power to love or hate, For will in us is over-rul'd by fate.' I wonder if he really believed that?
eglantine_br
Oct. 25th, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
Sounds like he had wrestled with loving where he thought he shouldn't. Poor Kit.
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