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Pomona and Vertumnus in Myth
One day he came in the guise of an old woman, her grey hair surmounted with a cap, and a staff in her hand. She entered the
garden and admired the fruit. "It does you credit, my dear," she said, and kissed her not exactly with an old woman's kiss.
She sat down on a bank, and looked up at the branches laden with fruit which hung over her. Opposite was an elm entwined
with a vine loaded with swelling grapes. She praised the tree and its associated vine, equally. "But," said she, "if the tree
stood alone, and had no vine clinging to it, it would have nothing to attract or offer us but its useless leaves. And equally the
vine, if it were not twined round the elm, would lie prostrate on the ground. Why will you not take a lesson from the tree and
the vine, and consent to unite yourself with some one? I wish you would. Helen herself had not more numerous suitors, nor
, the wife of shrewd Odysseus. Even while you spurn them, they court you,- rural deities and others of
every kind that frequent these mountains. But if you are prudent and want to make a good alliance, and will let an old woman
advise you,- who loves you better than you have any idea of,- dismiss all the rest and accept Vertumnus, on my
recommendation. I know him as well as he knows himself. He is not a wandering deity, but belongs to these mountains. Nor
is he like too many of the lovers nowadays, who love any one they happen to see; he loves you, and you only. Add to this, he
is young and handsome, and has the art of assuming any shape he pleases, and can make himself just what you command
him. Moreover, he loves the same things that you do, delights in gardening, and handles your apples with admiration. But now
he cares nothing for fruits nor flowers, nor anything else, but only yourself. Take pity on him, and fancy him speaking now
with my mouth. Remember that the gods punish cruelty, and that Venus hates a hard heart, and will visit such
offences sooner or later. To prove this, let me tell you a story, which is well known in Cyprus to be a fact; and I hope it will
have the effect to make you more merciful.
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