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Hylas and the Nymphs

  Buy now from allposters.com1896: Manchester City Art Gallery

An Excerpt from "The Faerie Queen"

"..The wonton Maidens him espying, stood
Gazing a while at his unwonted guise;
Then th'one her selfe low ducked in the flood,
Abashed, that her a stranger did avise:
But th'other rather higher did arise,
And her two lily paps aloft displayd,
And all, that might his melting hart entise
To her delights, she unto him bewrayed:
The rest hid underneath, him more desirious made..."

by Edmund Spencer

Hylas was the beautiful arms-bearer for Hercules, and well beloved by him. When the Argonaut's ship landed on the island of Cios, Hylas was sent to search for fresh water. While searching for water, he was seen by the nymphs, who also fell in love with him. Enchanted by his beauty, they lured him into the water and he was never seen again.

 
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