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Many tales have been told of Narcissus the son of a god who fell to his peril due to his own vanity and love for himself The story is told according to The Mythology Guide and this is how it goes Narcissus was cruel not in the case of Echo alone He 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 uttered a prayer that he might some time or other feel what it was to love and meet no return of affection The avenging goddess heard and granted the prayer There was a clear fountain with water like silver to which the shepherds never drove their flocks Nor did the mountain goats resort to it nor any of the beasts of the forest neither was it defaced with fallen leaves or branches but the grass grew fresh around it and the rocks sheltered it from the sun Hither came one day the youth fatigued with hunting heated and thirsty He stooped down to drink and saw his own image in the water he thought it was some beautiful water spirit living in the fountain He stood gazing with admiration at those bright eyes those locks curled like the locks of Bacchus or Apollo the rounded cheeks the ivory neck 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 the touch but returned again after a moment and renewed the fascination He could not tear himself away he lost all thought of food or rest while he hovered over the brink of the fountain gazing upon his own image He talked with the supposed spirit Why beautiful being do you shun me Surely my face is not one
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