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Pomona and Vertumnus in Myth
"Iphis was a young man of humble parentage, who saw and loved Anaxarete, a noble lady of the ancient family of Teucer. He
struggled long with his passion, but when he found he could not subdue it, he came a suppliant to her mansion. First he told
his passion to her nurse, and begged her as she loved her foster-child to favour his suit. And then he tried to win her
domestics to his side. Sometimes he committed his vows to written tablets, and often hung at her door garlands which he
had moistened with his tears. He stretched himself on her threshold, and uttered his complaints to the cruel bolts and bars.
She was deafer than the surges which rise in the November gale; harder than steel from the German forges, or a rock that still
clings to its native cliff. She mocked and laughed at him, adding cruel words to her ungentle treatment, and gave not the
slightest gleam of hope.
"Iphis could not any longer endure the torments of hopeless love, and, standing before her doors, he spake these last words:
'Anaxarete, you have conquered, and shall no longer have to bear my importunities. Enjoy your triumph! Sing songs of joy,
and bind your forehead with laurel,- you have conquered! I die; stony heart, rejoice! This at least I can do to gratify you, and
force you to praise me; and thus shall I prove that the love of you left me but with life. Nor will I leave it to rumour to tell you of
my death. I will come myself, and you shall see me die, and feast your eyes on the spectacle. Yet, O ye Gods, who look
down on mortal woes, observe my fate! I ask but this: let me be remembered in coming ages, and add those years to my
fame which you have reft from my life.'
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