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Orion Down fell the red skin of the lion Into the river at his feet His mighty club no longer beat The forehead of the bull but he Reeled as of yore beside the sea When blinded by Oenopion He sought the blacksmith at his forge And climbing up the narrow gorge Fixed his blank eyes upon the sun The Occultation of Orion by Mr Longfellow This poem was written about the Greek myth of Orion The story says that Orion the son of Neptune was a handsome giant and a mighty hunter His father gave him the power of wading through the depths of the sea or as others would say walking on its surface Orion loved Merope the daughter of Oenopion king of Chios and sought her in marriage He cleared the island of wild beasts and brought the spoils of the chase as presents to his beloved but as Oenopion constantly deferred his consent Orion attempted to gain possession of the maiden by violence Her father incensed at this conduct having made Orion drunk deprived him of his sight and cast him out on the seashore The blinded hero followed the sound of a Cyclops hammer till he reached Lemnos and came to the forge of VulcanHephaestus who taking pity on him gave him Kedalion one of his men to be his guide to the abode of the sun Placing Kedalion on his shoulders Orion proceeded to the east and there meeting the sun-godHelios was restored to sight by his beam After this he dwelt as a hunter with DianaArtemis with whom he was a favorite and it was even said she was about to marry him Her brother was highly displeased and often chid with her but for no purpose One day observing Orion wading through the sea with his head just above the water Apollo pointed it out to his sister and maintained that she could not hit that black
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