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Pomona and Vertumnus in Myth
The Hamadryads were Wood-nymphs. Pomona was of this class [note: Pomona is, in other versions, a goddess], and no one excelled her in love of the garden and the culture of fruit. She cared not for forests and rivers, but loved the cultivated country, and trees that bear delicious apples. Her
right hand bore for its weapon not a javelin, but a pruning-knife. Armed with this, she busied herself at one time to repress the
too luxuriant growths, and curtail the branches that straggled out of place; at another, to split the twig and insert therein a
graft, making the branch adopt a nursling not its own. She took care, too, that her favourites should not suffer from drought,
and led streams of water by them, that the thirsty roots might drink. This occupation was her pursuit, her passion; and she
was free from that which Venus inspires. She was not without fear of the country people, and kept her orchard locked, and
allowed not men to enter. The Fauns and Satyrs would have given all they possessed to win her, and so would old Sylvanus,
who looks young for his years, and Pan, who wears a garland of pine leaves around his head. But Vertumnus loved her best
of all; yet he sped no better than the rest. O how often, in the disguise of a reaper, did he bring her corn in a basket, and
looked the very image of a reaper! With a hay band tied round him, one would think he had just come from turning over the
grass. Sometimes he would have an ox-goad in his hand, and you would have said he had just unyoked his weary oxen. Now
he bore a pruning-hook, and personated a vine-dresser; and again, with a ladder on his shoulder, he seemed as if he was
going to gather apples. Sometimes he trudged along as a discharged soldier, and again he bore a fishing-rod, as if going to
fish. In this way he gained admission to her again and again, and fed his passion with the sight of her.
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