Christopher Marlowe: Helen of Troy (from Doctor Faustus)

Helen_of_Troy

Source: Evelyn de Morgan, “Helen of Troy” (1898 painting)

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Was this the face that launched a thousand ships

And burnt the topless towers of Ilium?

Sweet Helen, make me immortal with a kiss…


Her lips suck forth my soul; see where it flies! — 
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Oh, thou art fairer than the evening air


Clad in the beauty of a thousand stars;

Brighter art thou than flaming Jupiter


When he appear’d to hapless Semele:

More lovely than the monarch of the sky


In wanton Arethusa’s azured arms:

And none but thou shalt be my paramour.

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Note: “Ilium” is another name for Troy.

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