Wonders of bodily strength and skill, tr. and enlarged by C. Russell

9781231919637: Wonders of bodily strength and skill, tr. and enlarged by C. Russell

This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1870 Excerpt: ...the summit of her tower, Leander swam the Hellespont every evening, spent some time with his beloved, and returned again in the same manner. When the wind blew with too much violence, Hero sheltered the flickering light with her robe, for she knew Leander felt no fear so long as that flame invited him onwards. But on one fatal night she had forgotten this precaution, and perhaps had altogether neglected to kindle her fire. She was cruelly punished, for on the following morning, at day-break, she saw gleaming upon the shore the white limbs of Leander, whose dead body had been cast up by the waves upon the beach. The ill-fated youth, losing sight of the beacon on the tower, and unable to contend against the darkness and the currents, had yielded up his latest breath to the waves. In her horror and despair, Hero threw herself into the sea, inviting the fate to which her lover had succumbed. It is somewhat curious to speculate why Leander, instead of swimming the Hellespont, did not simply paddle across in a boat. This mode of transit would certainly not have been so cheap, but it would have been much less dangerous and fatiguing. It may be said in answer that perhaps the youth was anxious not to attract attention to his nightly passage, and thereby publish his amour with the fair lady to the world. But however this may be, it is sufficient, upon the authority of Ovid and Musaeus, to state that it was Leander's practice to swim to and from the opposite bank where Hero lived, and as the narratives of poets and romancers need not of necessity be received as articles of faith, each may decide as he pleases upon the details of the fine old story. Hero and Leander. (From a medal.) The important point is not to know whether Leander really crossed the Hellespont by sw...

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