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Title: Perseus the Gorgon slayer
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Title: Perseus the Gorgon slayer
Physical Description: 32 p. : col. ill. ; 26 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Gordon, W. J ( William John )
Spence, T. R ( Illustrator )
Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington ( Publisher )
Publisher: Sampson Low, Marston, Searle & Rivington
Place of Publication: London
Publication Date: [1883?]
Subject: Perseus (Greek mythology) -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Mothers and sons -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Kings and rulers -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Gods, Greek -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Goddesses, Greek -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Gorgons (Greek mythology) -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Adventure and adventurers -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Husband and wife -- Juvenile poetry   ( lcsh )
Bldn -- 1883
Genre: poetry   ( marcgt )
Spatial Coverage: England -- London
Citation/Reference: Osborne Coll.,
Statement of Responsibility: illustrated by T.R. Spence ; the tale told in English by W.J. Gordon.
General Note: Date based on Osborne, cited below.
General Note: In verse.
General Note: Frontispiece included in pagination.
Funding: Preservation and Access for American and British Children's Literature, 1870-1889 (NEH PA-50860-00).
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Bibliographic ID: UF00053676
Volume ID: VID00001
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: Baldwin Library of Historical Children's Literature in the Department of Special Collections and Area Studies, George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved, Board of Trustees of the University of Florida.
Resource Identifier: aleph - 002224456
notis - ALG4720
oclc - 04960233

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Upon the cliffs of Seriphos
Sits fair-haired Danae.
The glowing sun dips down to rest
Behind the cloud-bars in the west
And gilds the rippling sea.
The daughter of Akrisios
"To Perseus by her side
Points out a little fishing-boat
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1-) 0 I "We drifted here from Argos
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W "- Did not your friends and kinsfolk grieve;
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Your loving father's home ?"
My father in his anger
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: That, childless, he might live."
"What had we done ?" asked Perseus,
And sat down at her knee,
'' That he exiled his only child
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How cruel he must be
I hope some pang his conscience smote
1 When he for us the order wrote,
Alone to float in such a boat
Adrift upon the sea "

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And then she told the story of her lonely girlish life;
How Proetos and Akrisios were constantly at strife:
How to the son-less monarch the oracle had said,
Her son should slay her father, and govern in his stead:
And how the King immured her high in the brazen tower,
And Zeus came ,down to visit her amid the golden shower;
How on her child's fourth birthday the King had heard him cry,
And, with a curse, had killed the nurse, and shipped them off to die.
And how, the boat that bore them on Seriphos aground,
The starving mother and her child by fishermen were found,
And how the noble Diktys ,had helped them ever since,
For Dande's son his love had won by playing with the prince,
And how King Polydektes the piteous tale believed,
The meeting, and the greeting which the foreigners received.
Since then in all men's favour
The castaways had grown, -
And Danie's skill and industry
Were through the island known;
And Perseus, easily the first
In study and in play,
Promised to be a man of might,
Sturdy, truthful, brave, and bright.
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The music lesson o'er,
He fell asleep, and dreaming
Lay prone upon the shore.
SAs dread Athene's vengeance
SHad been. his tutor's theme,
The doom of the Medusa nirn
SHe pictured in his dream-
Those lovely flaxen ringlets
The Goddess turns to snakes,
That face's brilliant beauty
A scornful mask she makes,

One awful gift she gives her,
That all who gaze upon
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S And even to his dying day familiar still would seem
The shriek of the Medusa as it thrilled him in his dream.
And now Akrisios' daughter stands amid the orange trees,
And Polydektes, driving past, the Argive beauty sees:
Henceforth the King resolves to make the object of his life
The winning of the castaway's consent to be his wife,
And, once the fire of passion burns within his wily heart,
Schemes night and day how best he may the son and mother part
e At length to Perseus he pretends that his long-promised bride
SRequires a gift that none can -get before she will decide,
And asks the dreadful Gorgon's Head to gratify her pride;
And Perseus, glowing at the thought, declares that he will go
S And bring him back the Gorgon's Head whether he will or no.
Now Herires heard the promise, and led the lad away
To where th.e Three Gray Sisters perennial penance pay.
J One tooth have they between them, one eye between the three,
And she alone that wears them can either eat or see!


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And all the Three Gray Sisters deprived of bite and sight
The brilliant sword of sharpness did dauntless Perseus wield,
And dread Athene helped him, and lent her silver shield,
And till the Three Gray Sisters had told him where to find
The Nymphs who watched the magic shoes he kept the Sisters blind.
He found the Nymphs, he found their charge, he found the shoes
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He found the magic helmet and the wallet with its rings,
And then he rose amid the clouds, and joyfully did go
Across the sea to Africa to lay the Gorgon low.
Medusa, with her armour on, lay wrapped in troubled sleep,
Her two immortal sisters near their worthless vigil keep;
For Perseus, as he flies along, beneath the helm concealed,
Beholds the object of his quest reflected in his shield.
From -off that hateful image he never moves his eyes,
As, swooping down upon the group, the fierce Medusa dies;
Half rising from her slumber, half waking from her dream,
The thin blade ripping through her neck half choked her dying
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In vain the maddened sisters strive th' invisible to slay,
In vain the drops of blood that fall as hissing serpents play!
But he dared not look on the head he took as he swiftly sped away!

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Tired, hungry, and alone,
The Giant growled an insult
And urged him to begone.
Enraged, the ghastly Gorgon
He snatched forth in the gloom,
At arm's length thrust it forward,
"King Atlas, meet thy doom!"
The Giant's heart stops beating,
The spell is o'er him thrown,
He stands a snow-capped mountain
Transmuted into stone I
And Danae grieved for Perseus
And longed for his return,
And Polydektes' whispers
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And onward hurried PeirSeus, and, when the beach he gained,
He found the fair Andromeda, beneath the sea-cliff chained,
Her foolish mother's challenge to the daughters of the deep,
Had led the Gods to claim her, and doomed her here to weep,
To purge the mother's wickedness the daughter's life to be
Devoted as an offering to the Serpent of the Sea!
"Give me the maid to wife I" he said, and I will set her free!
And silence with the Gorgon's Head, the Serpent of the Sea "
"Agreed! Agreed I" her father cried, and then a shouting came,
" Behold the great sea monster, the sacrifice to claim I"
And Perseus leaps to battle, and-darts up in the sky,
The monster strikes his shadow as it sees it flitting by,
And then the sword of sharpness is flashed beneath its fins,
And then, the monster raging round, a furious fight begins,
And, horror-stricken, none can tell if man or monster'wns !

The mighty sword is hurled to land by one tremendous blow,
And wet with blood the hero stoops wrung by the phrenzied foe;
The seething waves are churned to foam as round and round
they go,
And closer grows the struggle, and hope has nearly fled,
For Perseus cannot move a hand to clutch the Gorgon's j-ead !-
When, quick! a moment's chance he gets I and slips his left hand free,
.And then the wounded monster sinks-a stone beneath the sea!
And now the wildest plaudits are heard on every hand,:
While Perseus lays the Gorgon's Head face downwards on the sand.
But when he takes it up again, a wondrous change is shown,
For all the weeds it looked upon were altered into stone!
And all the weeds that touched those weeds that stretched beneath
the waves,
Were turned to stony tracery, and formed the coral caves I
And now the wedding banquet
The King and Queen provide,
And many come to welcome
The hero and his. bride.
But Phineos, intruding,
Demands the maiden's hand
And louder grows the clamour
Between each rival band,
And fierce becomes the quarrel
As threatening they stand.
S And then their weapons leap to light,
And, thirsting for the fray,
They spring upon each other
Like tigers on their prey.

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And many are the victims
That in the battle fall,
I | -And Phineos and his followers
Are left as blocks of stone,
As Perseus and his gentle bride
Across the foam-flecked waters glide
Are left as blocks of stone,

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About to force the temple
Now Polydektys barred the path.ssion
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And when he son had landed,
He found the King, in wrath,
About to force the temple

While Diktys barred the path.
And when he saw his mother,*
And learnt the crafty scheme
Which sent him for the Gorgon's Head,
Call out your men, 0, King!" he saidl,
"And they shall see the Gorgon's Head,
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And Perseus in the races
Outpaces every one;
And when the throwers tried their skill,
And Perseus' turn came round,
He hurled a swiftly-whirling quoit,
Which overshot the bound
And struck Akrisios on the head;
The aged King dropped speechless-dead;
And so his doom fulfilled.
And Perseus wept the cruel fate
SXIWhich made the King his daughter hate,
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Gave back the shoes with wings,
The sword and magic helmet,
The wallet with its rings,
And then to great Athene
Returned the silver shield,
And she the dreadful Gorgon's Head
Emblazoned in its field.
And through the hundred Isles of Greece,
Resounds the hero's name;
The slayer of the Gorgon ne'er
Disgraced his early fame;
He thought and wrought with wisdom,
He ruled the land with right,
His law was league with justice,
His mercy tempered might;
And though of his fair cities
The walls in ruin lie,
Of Perseus and Andromeda
The fame will never die,
For every night, the world they light,
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