Hero and Leander, Tragedy in Five Acts

Hero and Leander, Tragedy in Five Acts

Hero and Leander, Tragedy in Five Acts

Hero and Leander, Tragedy in Five Acts

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The outer court of the temple of Aphrodite at Sestus.

A row of pillars, spaced far apart, form a peristyle across the center of the stage. At the rear is the temple to which a flight of steps leads up. Toward the front, at the right, stands a statue of Eros; at the left, one of Hymenaeus. It is early morning.

HERO
comes out of the temple and descends the steps; she has a small basket of flowers on her arm

Well, this much has been done. The temple wreathed
With myrtle and with roses richly strewn
Awaits the festival which is to come.

And this high festival is held for me.
I am deemed worthy to devote the days
Which roll unnoticed on their aimless course,
To service of the heavenly hosts on high;
From single days, as if from meadow flowers
A passer-by treads under foot and breaks,
To weave a wreath about the goddess' brow,
So hallow and devote them; them and me.

How glad I am that this will be the day,
And that the day is fair, so still, so lovely.
No cloud bedims the sky-blue firmament,
And Phoebus, risen from the radiant sea,
Sends down across the towers his blessèd light.
Do you think me already one of yours?
Has word reached you that merry little Hero . . .

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