Hero and Leander
Hero and Leander is a mythological short epic by the famous English writer and dramatist Christopher Marlowe. When Marlowe was killed after being accused of blasphemy, he left the poem unfinished to be later completed by George Chapman. The poem follows the love story between the two Greek mythological characters Hero and Leander which was first narrated in the works of the two ancient poets Musaeus Grammaticus and Ovid. Hero is a priestess of the goddess Venus to whom she has made a vow of chastity, yet she falls in love with Leander, a young man from Abydos on the opposite side of the narrow sea passage known as the Hellespont. Leander, who promises to cross the Hellespont every night to reach his beloved, gets in trouble with Neptune, the god of the seas. When he eventually comes at Hero's door, he has to make use of his guile and physical beauty to seduce his coy beloved. At this point starts Chapman's contribution to accompany the two lovers until Leander drowns in the sea on his way to Hero. Watching her lover's dead body from her high tower, the latter decides to throw herself and die by his side.
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Abydos Alcmane altar amorous arms beauty Beauty's bliss blood bosom breast bride bright call'd chaste cheeks CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE colours confits countenance Cupid Cyclops dear death deeds delight Destinies doth earth embrac'd enamour'd enter'd Eucharis eyes face Fates fear feast FIFTH SESTIAD figur'd fire flame flew FOURTH SESTIAD gainst gentle GEORGE CHAPMAN goddess gods golden grace grief hair hand haste hate hath heart heaven Hellespont HERO AND LEANDER holy fire honour Hymen Jove kiss kiss'd Leucote light limb lips live look look'd lov'd Love's lovers maid maidenhead Marlowe Morpheus Musaeus naked naught Neptune never night nuptial nymph poor Proteus rites robe rude sacred sacrifice SECOND SESTIAD SESTIAD The Argument Sestos shin'd shine sight soul spake star stay'd stood striv'd sweet swim Teras thee thence THIRD SESTIAD thou thought torch turn'd unto us'd Venus view'd virgin virtue vow'd vows waves Wherewith Winds wish'd wrought youth