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The blind seer Tiresias famed far and near through all the Boeotian towns gave answers that none could censure to those who sought his aid The first to make trial of his truth and assured utterances was the nymph Liriope who once the river-god Cephisus embraced in his winding stream and ravished while imprisoned in his waters When her time came the beauteous nymph brought forth a child whom a nymph might love even as a child and named him Narcissus When asked whether this child would live to reach a well-ripened age the seer replied If he neer knows himself Long did the saying of the prophet seem but empty words But what befell proved its truth-the event the manner of his death the strangeness of his infatuation For Narcissus had reached his sixteenth year and might seem either boy or man Many youths and many maidens sought his love but in that slender form was pride so cold that no youth no maiden touched his heart Once as he was driving the frightened deer into his nets a certain nymph of strange speech beheld him resounding Echo who could neither hold her peace when others spoke nor yet begin to speak till others had addressed her Up to this time Echo had form and was not a voice alone and yet though talkative she had no other use of speech than now-only the power out of many words to repeat the last she heard Juno had made her thus for often when she might have surprised the nymphs in company with her lord upon the mountain sides Echo would cunningly hold the goddess in long talk until the nymphs were fled When Saturnia realized this she said to her That tongue of thine by which I have been tricked shall have its power curtailed and enjoy the briefest use of speech The event confirmed her threat Nevertheless she does repeat the last
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