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Galatea: The Statue Comes to Life

The Aestheticon, Book II

In ancient Cyprus, home of the beautiful, terrible Aphrodite, the sculptor Pygmalion creates an ivory statue of the perfect woman, Galatea, whom he desperately, ardently, impossibly loves.  The rest is history, a history that you might read in Ovid’s Latin telling, or here in spirited, skilled, subtle, erotic English verse, Galatea: The Statue Comes to Life, a libretto.

Whiter Galatea than are the snow-white petals,
slimmer than the adder, more flowery than are meadows,
fresher than the tender kid, more splendid than is crystal,
smoother than are shells polished in the tides.

Truer Galatea than maidens of the moon,
finer than are peacocks, more delicious than perfumes,
softer than are butterflies, more peaceful than are hens,
finer than are women who breathe and age and die.

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