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Just a soft hint of singing, to beguile
when he turns, Shivering in mist of ocean's sullen tears.
It is the Medicean: well I know The arts her ancient subtlety will show, —
The stubble field she turns to ruddy gold;
The empty distance she will fold
In purple gauze; the warm glow she has kissed
Along the chilling mist:
Cheating and cheated love that grows to hate
And ever deeper loathing, soon or late.
Thou, too, O fairer spirit, walkest here
Upon the lifted hills:
Wherever that still thought within
the breast The inner beauty of the world hath
In starlight that the dome of evening fills;
On endless waters rounding to the west:
For them who thro' that beauty's
veil have loved The soul of all things beautiful
For lying broad awake, long ere the dawn,
Close as I turn, and O my soul, how fair!"
§ 41. Mercury (Hermes), bora in a cave of Mount Cyllene in Arcadia, was the son of Jupiter and Maia (the daughter of Atlas). According to conjecture, his name Hermes means the Hastener. Mercury, swift as the wind, was the servant and herald of Jupiter and the other gods. t)n his ankles (in plastic art), and his low-crowned, broadbrimmed petasus, or hat, were wings. As messenger of Heaven, he bore a wand (caduceus) of wood or of gold, twined with snakes and surmounted by wings, and possessed of magical powers over sleeping, waking, and dreams. He was beautiful, and ever in the prime of youthful vigor. To a voice sweettoned and powerful, he added the persuasiveness of eloquence. But his skill was not confined to speech: he was, also, the first of inventors — to him are ascribed the lyre, the syrinx, and the flute. He was the forerunner, too, of mathematicians and astronomers. His agility and strength made him easily prince in athletic pursuits. - His cunning rendered him a dangerous foe; he could well THE FLYING MERCURY. Giov. di Bologna.