Greek myth of the shepherd beloved by the moon goddess Selene

Excerpt from "Endymion" by John Keats, who based the poem on the Greek myth of the shepherd beloved by the moon goddess Selene... Shepherd Upon the sides of Latmos was outspread A mighty forest; for the moist earth fed So plenteously all weed-hidden roots Into o’er-hanging boughs, and precious fruits. And it had gloomy shades, sequestered deep, Where no man went; and if from shepherd’s keep A lamb strayed far a-down those inmost glens, Never again saw he the happy pens Whither his brethren, bleating with content, Over the hills at every nightfall went. Among the shepherds, ’twas believed ever, That not one fleecy lamb which thus did sever From the white flock, but pass’d unworried By angry wolf, or pard with prying head, Until it came to some unfooted plains Where fed the herds of Pan: ay great his gains Who thus one lamb did lose. Paths there were many, Winding through palmy fern, and rushes fenny, And ivy banks; all leading pleasantly To a wide lawn, whence one could only see Stems thronging all around between the swell Of turf and slanting branches: who could tell The freshness of the space of heaven above, Edg’d round with dark tree tops? through which a dove Would often beat its wings, and often too A little cloud would move across the blue.

2 Comments on Greek myth of the shepherd beloved by the moon goddess Selene

  1. …I often think of Tracy as my Goddess. (Charlie Sheen has nothin on me…)

    • That’s sweet! I really love that picture, as well as the poem. If you get a chance look it up and read the whole thing.

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