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Metamorphoses
Ovid

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Bk IV:346-388  Salmacis and Hermaphroditus merge.
    
"Then she was truly pleased. And Salmaciswas inflamed with desire for his naked form. The nymph's eyes blazed with passion, as when Phoebus's likeness is reflected from a mirror, that opposes his brightest unclouded orb. She can scarcely wait, scarcely contain her delight, now longing to hold him, now unable to keep her love to herself. He, clapping his open palms to his side, dives into the pool, and leading with one arm and then the other, he gleams through the pure water, as if one sheathed an ivory statue, or bright lilies behind clear glass. 'I have won, he is mine,' the naiad cries, and flinging aside all her garments, she throws herself into the midst of the water.
    
"She held him to her, struggling, snatching kisses from the fight, putting her hands beneath him, touching his unwilling breast, overwhelming the youth from this side and that. At last, she entwines herself face to face with his beauty, like a snake, lifted by the king of birds and caught up into the air, as Hermaphroditus tries to slip away. Hanging there she twines round his head and feet and entangles his spreading wings in her coils. Or as ivy often interlaces tall tree trunks. Or as the cuttlefish holds the prey, it has surprised, underwater, wrapping its tentacles everywhere.
    
"The descendant of Atlas holds out, denying the nymph's wished-for pleasure: she hugs him, and clings, as though she is joined to his whole body. 'It is right to struggle, perverse one,' she says, 'but you will still not escape. Grant this, you gods, that no day comes to part me from him, or him from me.' Her prayer reached the gods. Now the entwined bodies of the two were joined together, and one form covered both. Just as when someone grafts a twig into the bark, they see both grow joined together, and develop as one, so when they were mated together in a close embrace, they were not two, but a two-fold form, so that they could not be called male or female, and seemed neither or either.
    
"When he saw now that the clear waters which he had penetrated as a man, had made him a creature of both sexes, and his limbs had been softened there, Hermaphroditus, stretching out his hands, said, but not in a man's voice, 'Father and mother, grant this gift to your son, who bears both your names: whoever comes to these fountains as a man, let him leave them half a man, and weaken suddenly at the touch of these waters!' Both his parents moved by this, granted the prayer of their twin-formed son, and contaminated the pool with a damaging drug.'"
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