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Pomona and Vertumnus in Myth
Thus he said, and, turning his pale face and weeping eyes towards her mansion, he
fastened a rope to the gate-post, on which he had often hung garlands, and putting his head into the noose, he murmured,
'This garland at least will please you, cruel girl!' and falling hung suspended with his neck broken. As he fell he struck against
the gate, and the sound was as the sound of a groan. The servants opened the door and found him dead, and with
exclamations of pity raised him and carried him home to his mother, for his father was not living. She received the dead body
of her son, and folded the cold form to her bosom, while she poured forth the sad words which bereaved mothers utter. The
mournful funeral passed through the town, and the pale corpse was borne on a bier to the place of the funeral pile. By chance
the home of Anaxarete was on the street where the procession passed, and the lamentations of the mourners met the ears of
her whom the avenging deity had already marked for punishment.
"'Let us see this sad procession,' said she, and mounted to a turret, whence through an open window she looked upon the
funeral. Scarce had her eyes rested upon the form of Iphis stretched on the bier, when they began to stiffen, and the
warm blood in her body to become cold. Endeavouring to step back, she found she could not move her feet; trying to turn
away her face, she tried in vain; and by degrees all her limbs became stony like her heart. That you may not doubt the
fact, the statue still remains, and stands in the temple of Venus at Salamis, in the exact form of the lady. Now think of
these things, my dear, and lay aside your scorn and your delays, and accept a lover. So may neither the vernal frosts
blight your young fruits, nor furious winds scatter your blossoms!"
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