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THE ARGONAUTS (ARGONATUICA): HYLAS, by            
First Line: Now to the spring he came
Last Line: To his bent arm, and him in the lasher pool she dashed.
Alternate Author Name(s): Apollonius Of Rhodes


Now to the spring he came,
To Pegae Fountain (in the native name),
Where nymphs were set to dancing -- the delight
Of nymphs for ever on that lovely mountain,
Who sing the song of Artemis by night.
All those who haunted mountain tops and streams
Remotely ranged their forest; but she rose,
The water nymph, out of her tumbling fountain,
To see him coming close.
With gallant mien, flushed beautiful he goes
By the enskied full moon lit with moon beams.
Then Cypris thrilled her heart with loving tremble,
The nymph might scarce her very wits assemble;
But when he put his pitcher on the brim,
Leaning along, while all the water splashed
Loudly into the urn, she came on him,
Her left arm round about his neck she flung,
Ardent to kiss his lips; her right hand clung
To his bent arm, and him in the lasher pool she dashed.





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