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First Line: Though the goddess made you wonder, do believe the things she said
Last Line: Boy hermes calls it 'tortoise': and its voice he calls 'the lyre'.
Subject(s): Riddles


CYLLENE, CHORUS

CYLL.

Though the goddess made you wonder, do believe the things she said.

CHO.

How can I believe such thunder comes from any creature dead?

CYLL.

Do believe, -- when dead, the creature talks: alive, its mouth is shut.

CHO.

How explain its form and feature? Tall, or arched, or sharply cut?

CYLL.

It is very short and pot-like, shrivelled, and with chequers barred.

CHO.

Is it like a cat, or not like? . . . Or more nearly like a pard?

CYLL.

Half and half. You see it grew monotonously fat and squab.

CHO.

Why, it sounds like an ichneumon, -- or perhaps it is a crab?

CYLL.

No, it's not like that to meet. Alas, you'd better try again.

CHO.

Isn't it a horny beetle of the old AEtnean strain?

CYLL.

Much the nearest -- that is clever -- to the beast I talk about.

CHO.

Tell me, tell me, then, wherever is its voice, -- inside or out?

CYLL.

. . . . Sinister and dark of hide, to the shell-back near allied.

CHO.

Then its name you might report us, if you know what we desire.

CYLL.

Boy Hermes calls it 'tortoise': and its voice he calls 'the lyre'.





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