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Friday, April 7, 2017

[GBM] Sea girls just want to have fun


The description of the water nymphs in Neptune's palace reworks Ovid, Metamorphoses 2.8-14: "Caeruleos habet unda deos, Tritona canorum / Proteaque ambiguum ballaenarumque prementem / Aegaeona suis inmania terga lacertis / Doridaque et natas, quarum pars nare videtur, / pars in mole sedens viridis siccare capillos, / pisce vehi quaedam: facies non omnibus una, / non diversa tamen, qualem decet esse sororum."

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Beautiful all, yes, but all different,
some with cerulean hair, some green,
some have it gathered up, some loose,
and some plait it with sea weeds;
with transparent, sparkling cloaks
they veil pure and crystalline limbs;
similar-looking, nimble and graceful,
prove the daughters of one father.     Neptune (a playboy)