It was so with Hebe
. She was really a little gold-haired blue-eyed dryad, whose true home was a wild white cherry-tree that grew in some scattered woodland behind the old country-house of my boyhood.
Their names were Isis, Amphitrite, Hebe
, Pandora, Psyche, Thetis, Pomona, Daphne, Clytie, Galatea and Arethusa.
She's a perfect Hebe
; and if I were an artist, I would paint her.
Hence--" Here Trefusis opened a drawer, took out a pistol, and fired at the Hebe
in the farthest niche.
That is what I want you to do, and when you have filled this out we will go on enlarging it till your waist is more like that of Hebe
, goddess of health, and less like that of a fashion-plate the ugliest thing imaginable."
I am no worshipper of Hygeia, who was the daughter of that old herb-doctor AEsculapius, and who is represented on monuments holding a serpent in one hand, and in the other a cup out of which the serpent sometimes drinks; but rather of Hebe
, cup-bearer to Jupiter, who was the daughter of Juno and wild lettuce, and who had the power of restoring gods and men to the vigor of youth.
"After him I saw mighty Hercules, but it was his phantom only, for he is feasting ever with the immortal gods, and has lovely Hebe
to wife, who is daughter of Jove and Juno.
Now the gods were sitting with Jove in council upon the golden floor while Hebe
went round pouring out nectar for them to drink, and as they pledged one another in their cups of gold they looked down upon the town of Troy.
Thence they arise and go abroad by night, veiled in thick mist, and utter their song with lovely voice, praising Zeus the aegis- holder and queenly Hera of Argos who walks on golden sandals and the daughter of Zeus the aegis-holder bright-eyed Athene, and Phoebus Apollo, and Artemis who delights in arrows, and Poseidon the earth-holder who shakes the earth, and reverend Themis and quick-glancing (1) Aphrodite, and Hebe
with the crown of gold, and fair Dione, Leto, Iapetus, and Cronos the crafty counsellor, Eos and great Helius and bright Selene, Earth too, and great Oceanus, and dark Night, and the holy race of all the other deathless ones that are for ever.
His son was brought to the arbour and left there in the usual way, and either he must have happened on the critical half hour after the coffee and before the Kreuzzeitung, when my grandfather was accustomed to sleep, or he was more courageous than the others and tried to talk, for very shortly, playing as usual near at hand, I heard my grandfather's voice, raised to an extent that made me stop in my game and quake, saying with deliberate anger, "Hebe
dich weg von mir, Sohn des Satans!" Which was all the advice this particular young man got, and which he hastened to take, for out he came through the bushes, and though his face was very pale, there was an odd twist about the corners of his mouth that reassured me.
'Upon my word - a very Hebe
! I should fall in love with her if I hadn't the artist before me.
"Well, then, that green preserve is nothing less than the ambrosia which Hebe
served at the table of Jupiter."