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 Atheism Beauty's blood bosom breast bright bullrushes call'd chaste CHRISTOPHER MARLOWE colours conceits countenance Cupid dear death deeds deity delight Dissembling doth earth Eucharis eyes face fair fair ladies Fates feast figur'd fire flame flew FOURTH SESTIAD gainst GEORGE CHAPMAN goddess gods golden grace hair hand hath heart heaven held hell Hellespont Hero HERO AND LEANDER Hero's sacrifice holy holy fire honour Hymen iron thunders Jove joys kiss kiss'd Leander Leucote light limb live look look'd lov'd love's lovers maid maidenhead Marlowe Musaeus naked naught neck Neptune never night nuptial nymph Peristera pierc'd rites robe rude sacred scarf scrip secret fire sense SESTIAD The Argument Sestos shin'd shine shriek sight slain soul spake spirits star stay'd stood striv'd sweet swim thee thence thou thought torch tower turn'd us'd Venus view'd virgin virtue vow'd vows waves wish'd wrought