Goddess Andromeda  

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"(ANDROMEDA IS RATHER SPECIAL TO ME. SEVERAL YEARS AGO I BOUGHT MYSELF A STAR IN THE ANDROMEDA CONSTELLATION...MISS MARY IS HER NAME.)"

IN GREEK MYTHOLOGY, "ANDROMEDA "IS THE DAUGHTER OF CASSIOPEIA AND CEPHEUS, THE KING OF ETHIOPIA. CASSIOPEIA BEGAN BOASTING THAT SHE AND ANDROMEDA WERE MORE BEAUTIFUL THAN THE SEA NYMPHS AND TAUNTED POSEIDON, THE GOD OF THE SEA. THIS ANGERED HIM UNTIL HE COULDN'T TAKE IT ANY LONGER. SO, TO PUNISH THE MOTHER, HE HAD ANDROMEDA CHAIN TO A ROCK BY THE SEA...TO BE SACRIFICED TO A SEA MONSTER.

NOW, AS THE STORY GOES, PERSEUS, WAS PASSING BY AND WAS ATTRACTED BY ANDROMEDA'S BEAUTY. HE AGREED TO RESCUE HER UNDER ONE CONDITION...THAT HER PARENTS WOULD ALLOW HIM TO MARRY ANDROMEDA AFTERWARDS. NOW, CASSIOPEIA AND CEPHEUS WERE NOT ANXIOUS FOR THEIR DAUGHTER TO MARRY PERSEUS, BUT THEY DIDN'T HAVE MUCH OF A CHOICE. IT WAS THAT OR SEE HER SLAIN BY THE MONSTER, SO THEY AGREED. PERSEUS WAS A VALIANT WARRIOR AND POSSESSED SOME POWERFUL WEAPONS. FIRST, HE SKIMMED OVER THE WATER...THUS CONFUSING THE MONSTER...AND THEN, WITH A FLICK OF HIS WRIST, HE CUT OFF THE MONSTER'S HEAD. THE WEDDING FOLLOWED SOON THEREAFTER.

AND, AFTER HER MARRIAGE, ANDROMEDA LEFT HER COUNTRY TO LIVE WITH PERSEUS WHO LATER BECAME THE KING OF TIRYNS AND MYCENAE. AND, WHEN SHE DIED, ANDROMEDA WAS HUNG IN THE SKY AS A CONSTELLATION...AS AN ETERNAL REMINDER..TO FOREVER TURN OVER AND OVER IN THE STARRY SKY.

"NOW TIME'S ANDROMEDA ON THIS ROCK RUDE,"WITH NOT HER EITHER BEAUTY'S EQUAL OR"HER INJURY'S LOOKS OFF BY BOTH HORNS OF SHORE,"HER FLOWER, HER PIECE OF BEING, DOOMED DRAGON'S FOOD."TIME PAST SHE HAS BEEN ATTEMPTED AND PURSUED"BY MANY BLOWS AND BANES; BUT NOW HEARS ROAR"A WILDER BEAST FROM WEST THAN ALL WERE, MORE"RIFE IN HER WRONGS, MORE LAWLESS, AND MORE LEWD."

"HER PERSEUS LINGER AND LEAVE HER TO HER EXTREMES"PILLOWY AIR HE TREADS A TIME AND HANGS"HIS THOUGHTS ON HER, FORSAKEN THAT SHE SEEMS,"ALL WHILE HER PATIENCE, MORSELLED INTO PANGS,"MOUNTS; THEN TO ALIGHT DISARMING, NO ONE DREAMS"WITH GORGON'S GEAR AND BAREBILL, THONGS AND FANGS."--GERARD MANLEY HOPKINS-- "

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