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Minerva visiting the Muses and the spring Hippocrene
Pl. from the series Ovid's Metamorphoses
by Baur (1703)
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Minerva's Interview with the Muses
Me, the strange tidings of a
Ye learned sisters, to this mountain bring.
If all be true that Fame's wide rumours tell,
'Twas Pegasus discover'd first your well;
Whose piercing hoof gave the soft earth a blow,
Which broke the surface where these waters flow.
I saw that horse by miracle obtain
Life, from the blood of dire Medusa slain;
And now, this equal prodigy to view,
From distant isles to fam'd Boeotia flew.
Except from "Book the Fifth"
translated by Sir Samuel Garth
Ovid (1 C.E.)
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