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Narcissus (The)

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This charming flower is named from the son of Cephisus. This beautiful youth saw his reflection in a fountain, and thought it the presiding nymph of the place. He tried to reach it, and jumped into the fountain, where he died. The nymphs came to take up the body that they might pay it funeral honours, but found only a flower, which they called Narcissus, after the name of the son of Cephisus. (Ovid’s Metamorphoses, iii. 346, etc.)

Plutarch says the plant is called Narcissus from the Greek narke (numbness), and that it is properly narcosis, meaning the plant which produces numbness or palsy.


“Sweet Echo, sweetest nymph that livʹst unseen …

Canst thou not tell me of a gentle pair,

That likest thy Narcissus are?”


Milton: Comus, 235, etc.

Echo fell in love with Narcissus.

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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