An Egyptian Princess

An Egyptian Princess

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him on her outspread wings whithersoever he will; and the gods, desiring

to reward such faithful love, cause the sun to shine more kindly, and

still the winds and waves on the "Halcyon days" during which these birds

are building their nest and brooding over their young? There can surely

have been no lack of romantic love in days when a used-up man of the

world, like Antony, could desire in his will that wherever he died his

body might be laid by the side of his beloved Cleopatra: nor of the

chivalry of love when Berenice's beautiful hair was placed as a

constellation in the heavens. Neither can we believe that devotion in

the cause of love could be wanting when a whole nation was ready to wage

a fierce and obstinate war for the sake of one beautiful woman. The

Greeks had an insult to revenge, but the Trojans fought for the

possession of Helen. Even the old men of Ilium were ready "to suffer

long for such a woman." And finally is not the whole question answered

in Theocritus' unparalleled poe