The Printable KISS Grammar Workbooks Level 6.6 Syntax and Writing
"Echo and Narcissus"
John W. 
Two Selections from "Echo and Narcissus"
Adapted from Ovid


     Now, when Narcissus fled from Echo, he came to a clear spring, like

silver. Its waters were unsullied, for neither goats feeding upon the 

mountains nor any other cattle had drunk from it, nor had wild beasts

or birds disturbed it, nor had branch or leaf fallen into its calm waters.

The trees bent above and shaded it from the hot sun, and the soft, 

green grass grew on its margin.

     Why, dear lad, dost thou deceive me, and whither dost thou go when

I try to grasp thee? Thou encouragest me with friendly looks. When I 

extend my arms, thou extendest thine; when I smile, thou smilest in 

return; when I weep, thou weepest; but when I try to clasp thee beneath

the stream, thou shunnest me and fleest away!  Grief is taking my

strength, and my life will soon be over!