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Echo and Narcissus (1903), J. W. Waterhouse

Liverpool, Walker Art Gallery

For as his own bright image he survey'd,
He fell in love with the fantastick shade;
And o'er the fair resemblance hung unmov'd,
Nor knew, fond youth! it was himself he lov'd.
The well-turn'd neck and shoulders he descries,
The spacious forehead, and the sparkling eyes;
The hands that Bacchus might not scorn to show,
And hair that round Apollo's head might flow;
With all the purple youthfulness of face,
That gently blushes in the wat'ry glass.
By his own flames consum'd the lover lyes,
And gives himself the wound by which he dies.
To the cold water oft he joins his lips,
Oft catching at the beauteous shade he dips
His arms, as often from himself he slips.
Nor knows he who it is his arms pursue
With eager clasps, but loves he knows not who.

Ovid, Metamorphoses 3, 415

See also

John William Waterhouse

Sleep and his half brother Death, 1874
A Sick Child brought into the Temple of Aesculapius, 1877
Ulysses and the Sirens, 1891
Circe Invidiosa, 1892
Pandora , 1896
The Awakening of Adonis, c. 1900
The Siren, e c. 1900
Echo and Narcissus , 1903
Danaides, 1906
* Jason and Medea, 1907
Apollo and Daphne, c. 1908
* Lamia, 1909
* Thisbe, 1909
Penelope and the Suitors, 1912

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