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ALCYONE



~ ALCYONE   or HALCYONE
            id+ DEVOTION CAN METAMORPHOSE
  id+ " LOVE BIRDS "          sug>   VOTE
  id+ LOVING DEVOTION         sug> DEVOTEE
  biol> NAME OF SEVERAL ORGANISMS as in
        ave ALCYON coel ALCYONE  soft coral ALCYONACEA
  note other organisms as ALCYONOTUS  PARALCYONIUM
       PROTOALCYONAEA  ALCYONARIA  ALCYONELLA
  myth> CEYX DROWNED AND HIS WIFE ALCYONE
        MOURNED HIM SO PITEOUSLY THAT BOTH
  GAINED IMMORTALITY THROUGH THEIR METAMORPHOSIS INTO BIRDS
  note " ALCYON or HALCYON DAYS " denote the SEVEN DAYS
  WHEN ALCYONE BROODS AND THE SEA IS CALM
  lit+ note the unusual english style cited next
       ... after Ceyx drowned " MORPHEUS ...
  FLEW THROUGH THE NIGHT OF DARKNESS
  ON HIS WINGS THAT MAKE NO SOUND ...
  ARRIVED ... AND LAID ASIDE HIS WING AND
  TOOK THE FACE AND FORM OF CEYX ...
  AS ONE DEPRIVED OF LIFE ...
  HE STOOD BESIDE THE BED OF THE SAD WIFE ...
  THEN LEANING ON THE BED
  WHILE DROPPING TEARS WERE RUNNING DOWN HIS CHEEKS
  HE SAID THESE WORDS
  MOST WRETCHED WIFE
  CAN YOU STILL RECOGNIZE YOUR OWN LOVED CEYX
  OR HAVE MY LOOKS CHANGED SO MUCH WITH DEATH ...
  I HAVE PERISHED
  GIVE UP ALL DELUDING HOPES OF MY RETURN ...
  COME THEN
  ARISE ...
  DO NOT SEND ME UNLAMENTED DOWN TO TARTARUS ...
  THAT INSTANT ...
  SHE FLEW ON
  A MOURNING BIRD AND
  SKIMMED ABOVE THE WAVES ...
  HER CLACKING MOUTH
  WITH ITS LONG SLENDER BILL ...
  BUT WHEN SHE TOUCHED THE STILL AND PALLID FORM ...
  SHE GAVE COLD KISSES WITH HER HARDENED BILL
  ALL THOSE WHO SAW IT
  DOUBTED WHETHER CEYX COULD FEEL HER KISSES ...
  BUT HE WAS TRULY CONSCIOUS OF HER GRIEF
  AND THROUGH THE PITY OF THE GODS ABOVE
  AT LAST THEY BOTH WERE CHANGED TO FLYING BIRDS
  TOGETHER IN THEIR FATE
  THEIR LOVE LIVED ON
  NOR IN THESE BIRDS WERE MARRIAGE BONDS DISSOLVED
  AND THEY SOON COUPLED AND WERE PARENT BIRDS..."
  in Metamorphoses XI 410 by OVID [#] as translated by More [6]
  sug> AIGRETTE  AUDUBON  AVE  AVIATION  AVENUE        

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