Helen Of Troy
Book SummaryIn Greek mythology, Helen, better known as Helen of Sparta or Helen of Troy, was daughter of Zeus and Leda, wife of king Menelaus of Sparta and sister of Castor, Polydeuces and Clytemnestra. Her abduction by Paris brought about the Trojan War. Helen was described as having the face that launched a thousand ships. Helen or Helene is probably derived from the Greek word meaning "torch" or "corposant" or might be related to "selene" meaning "moon". (source: Wikipedia)
Book ExcerptOf the coming of Paris to the house of Menelaus, King of Lacedaemon, and of the tale Paris told concerning his past life.IAll day within the palace of the KingIn Lacedaemon, was there revelry,Since Menelaus with the dawn did springForth from his carven couch, and, climbing highThe tower of outlook, gazed along the dryWhite road that runs to Pylos through the plain,And mark'd thin clouds of dust against the sky,And gleaming bronze, and robes of purple stain.IIThen cried he to his serving men, and allObey'd him, and their labour did not spare,And women set out tables through the hall,Light polish'd tables, with the linen fair.And water from the well did others bear,And the good house–wife busily brought forthMeats from her store, and stinted not the rareWine from Ismarian vineyards of the North.
Published in 1882
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