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THE ORIOLE (92 2 ECHO AND NARCISSUS (Taken from the Myth) Echo was a beautiful nymph, fond of the woods and hills, where she devoted herself to woodland sports. But she had one failing; she was fond of talking, and would have the last word. One day Juno was seeking her husband, who she had good reason to think, was amusing himself among the nymphs. Echo by her talk, tried to delay the goddess till the nymphs made their escape. When Juno discovered it, she said to Echo: “You shall lose the use of your voice except for one purpose — reply. You shall have the last word, but no power to speak first.” This nymph saw Narcissus, a beautiful youth, as he pursued the chase upon the mountains. She loved him and followed his footsteps. Oh! how she longed to address him, and win him to converse, but it was not in her power. One day the youth, being separated from his companions, shouted, “Who’s here?” Echo replied, “Here.” Narcissus looked around, but seeing no one, called out, “Come!” Echo answered, “Come.” As no one came, Narcissus called again, “Why do you shun me?” Echo asked the same question. “Let us join one another,” said the youth. The maid answered with all her heart in the same words and hastened to the spot. He started back, exclaiming, “Hands off! I would rather die than you should have me!” “Have me,” said she; but it was all in vain. He left her and she went to hide in the woods. From that time forth she lived in caves and among mountain cliffs. Her form faded with grief, until at last all her flesh shrank away. Her bones were changed into rocks, and there was nothing left to her but her voice. With that she is still ready to reply to anyone who calls her, and keeps up her old habit of having the last word. Narcissus shunned all the rest of the nymphs, as he had done poor Echo. One day a maiden, who had in vain endeavored to attract him, prayed that he might sometime or other feel what it was to love and not have it returned. Her prayer was granted. There was a clear fountain, with water like silver, where the grass grew fresh around it, and the rocks sheltered it from the sun. The youth came here one day, fatigued with hunting, hot 65
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THE ORIOLE 2 BEGIN The Oriole Staff has queer ideas; I declare it is a sin — They said to write something for The Oriole , And now we must begin. Begin is not as easy As it appeared to be, But I must be obliging — On that we all agree. I sat there and I waited, (I honestly did try) For a dandy inspiration To drop down from the sky. I waited and I waited, No inspiration came, And on that Oriole Staff I just laid all the blame. ’Twas time to try another plan, Of that I was aware. I got right down to good hard work, Myself I did not spare. I toiled and labored, drudged away, To try to make a rhyme. This play I found to be the best, It saved me just in time. Mary Low man, ’27. 64
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THE ORIOLE 2 and thirsty. He stooped down to drink and saw his own image in the water. He stood gazing at those bright eyes, the rounded cheeks, the parted lips and the glow of health and exercise over all. He fell in love with himself. He brought his lips near to take a kiss; he plunged his arms in to embrace the beloved object It fled at his touch, but re- turned again after a moment. He could not tear himself away; he talked with the supposed spirit. His tears fell into the water and disturbed the image. He entreated it to stay that he might gaze at it, if he could not touch it. Thus he fanned the flame that consumed him until he lost all of his vigor and beauty, which had so charmed the nymph Echo. But she kept near him and when he cried, “Alas! alas!” she answered him with the same words. He pined away and died. The nymphs mourned for him and prepared a funeral pile to burn his body, but it was nowhere to be found. But in its place a flower, purple within and surrounded with white leaves, bears the name and preserves the memory of Narcissus. Martha Derrick, ’24. 66
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