The Legend of Fair Helen: As Told by Homer, Goethe and Others

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Page 147 - And I will combat with weak Menelaus, And wear thy colours on my plumed crest : Yea, I will wound Achilles in the heel, And then return to Helen for a kiss. Oh ! thou art fairer than the evening air, Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars...
Page 146 - Her lips suck forth my soul ; see where it flies ! — Come, Helen, come, give me my soul again. Here will I dwell, for Heaven is in these lips, And all is dross that is not Helena.
Page 146 - Was this the face that launched a thousand ships And burnt the topless towers of Ilium ! Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss ! Her lips suck forth my soul ! See where it flies ! Come Helen, come give me my soul again. Here will I dwell, for Heaven is in these lips, And all is dross that is not Helena.
Page 134 - Homer ruled as his demesne; Yet did I never breathe its pure serene Till I heard Chapman speak out loud and bold: Then felt I like some watcher of the skies When a new planet swims into his ken; Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes He stared at the Pacific — and all his men Look'd at each other with a wild surmise — Silent, upon a peak in Darien.
Page 109 - HELENA Ich als Idol ihm dem Idol verband ich mich. Es war ein Traum, so sagen ja die Worte selbst. Ich schwinde hin und werde selbst mir ein Idol.
Page 50 - But twenty years have passed since here I came, And left my native land ; yet ne'er from thee I heard one scornful, one degrading word ; And when from others I have borne reproach, Thy brothers, sisters, or thy brothers...
Page 45 - Helen they saw, as to the tow'r she came; And "'tis no marvel," one to other said, "The valiant Trojans and the well-greav'd Greeks For beauty such as this should long endure The toils of war; for goddess-like she seems; And yet, despite her beauty, let her go, Nor bring on us and on our sons a curse.
Page 55 - Then, as a man who in a failing fight For a last onset gathers suddenly All soul and strength, he faced the summer light, And from his lips broke forth a mighty cry Of " Helen, Helen, Helen !"— yet the sky Changed not above his cast-back golden head, And merry was the world though he was dead.
Page 50 - Boulogne.' 2 1 Perhaps, better, ' now shudder at me' (Lord Derby's translation, as before). Grote, History of Greece, vol. i., pp. 282, 283, speaking of the poet Stesichorus, says that writer's view is strikingly opposite to the delicacy and respect with which Helena is always handled by Homer, who never admits reproaches against her, except from her own lips.
Page 152 - Art, that a man should be begotten without the female body and the natural womb. I answer hereto, that this is in no way opposed to Spagyric Art and to Nature, nay, that it is perfectly possible. In order to accomplish it, you must proceed thus. Let the semen of a man putrefy by itself in a sealed cucurbite with the highest putrefaction of the venter equinus for forty days, or until it begins at last to live, move, and be agitated, which can easily be seen. After this time it will be in some degree...

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