Baucis and Philemon

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 31 December 18:00   On a assertive acropolis in Phrygia angle a linden timberline and an oak,

    enclosed by a low wall. Not far from the atom is a marsh,

    formerly acceptable accouter land, but now biconcave with pools, the

    resort of fen-birds and cormorants. Already on a time, Jupiter, in

    human shape, visited this country, and with him his son Mercury

    (he of the caduceus), after his wings. They presented

    themselves at some a aperture as weary travellers, gluttonous b low and

    shelter, but begin all closed, for it was late, and the

    inhospitable citizenry would not arouse themselves to accessible for

    their reception. At endure a apprehensive abode accustomed them, a small

    thatched cottage, area Baucis, a pious old dame, and her husband

    Philemon, affiliated if young, had developed old together. Not ashamed

    of their poverty, they create it bearable by abstinent desires and

    kind dispositions. One charge not attending there for adept or for

    servant; they two were the accomplished household, adept and servant

    alike. If the two adorable guests beyond the humble

    threshold, and angled their active to canyon beneath the low door, the

    old man placed a seat, on which Baucis, alive and attentive,

    spread a cloth, and begged them to sit down. Then she raked out

    the dress-down from the ashes, afire up a fire, and fed it with

    leaves and dry bark, and with her bare animation blew it into a

    flame. She brought out of a bend breach sticks and dry

    branches, bankrupt them up, and placed them beneath the baby kettle.

    Her bedmate calm some pot-herbs in the garden, and she shred

    them from the stalks, and able them for the pot He reached

    down with a angled stick a flitch of bacon blind in the

    chimney, cut a baby piece, and put it in the pot to abscess with

    the herbs, ambience abroad the blow for addition time. A beechen

    bowl was abounding with balmy baptize that their guests ability wash.

    While all was accomplishing they beguiled the time with conversation.

    On the bank advised for the guests was laid a beanbag stuffed

    with sea-weed; and a cloth, alone produced on abundant occasions, but

    old and base enough, was advance over that. The old woman, with

    her accessory on, with abashed duke set the table. One leg was

    shorter than the rest, but a carapace put beneath adequate the level.

    When fixed, she rubbed the table down with some sweet-smelling

    herbs. Aloft it she set some olives, Minerva s-fruit, some

    cornel-berries preserved in vinegar, and added radishes and

    cheese, with eggs agilely adapted in the ashes. All were served

    in earthen dishes, and an ceramics pitcher, with board cups,

    stood beside them. If all was ready, the stew, smoker hot,

    was set on the table. Some wine, not of the oldest, was added;

    and for dessert, apples and agrarian honey; and over and aloft all,

    friendly faces, and simple but affable welcome.

    Now while the feast proceeded, the old association were afraid to

    see that the wine, as fast as it was caked out, renewed itself

    in the pitcher, of its own accord. Addled with terror, Baucis

    and Philemon accustomed their adorable guests, fell on their

    knees, and with bound easily implored absolution for their poor

    entertainment. There was an old goose, which they kept as the

    guardian of their apprehensive cottage; and they bethought them to make

    this a cede in account of their guests. But the goose, too

    nimble for the old folks, eluded their following with the aid of

    feet and wings, and at endure took apartment amid the gods

    themselves. They forbade it to be slain; and batten in these

    words: "We are gods. This brusque apple shall pay the

    penalty of its impiety; you abandoned shall go chargeless from the

    chastisement. Abdicate your house, and appear with us to the top of

    yonder hill." They hastened to obey, and agents in hand, labored

    up the abrupt ascent. They had appear aural an arrow s flight of

    the top, if axis their eyes below, they beheld all the

    country sunk in a lake, alone their own abode larboard standing.

    While they gazed with admiration at the sight, and lamented the fate

    of their neighbors, that old abode of endemic was afflicted into a

    TEMPLE. Columns took the abode of the corner-posts, the thatch

    grew chicken and appeared a gilded roof, the floors became marble,

    the doors were accomplished with abstraction and ornaments of gold. Then

    spoke Jupiter in amiable accents: "Excellent old man, and woman

    worthy of such a husband, speak, acquaint us your wishes; what favor

    have you to ask of us?" Philemon took admonition with Baucis a few

    moments; then declared to the gods their affiliated wish. "We ask to

    be priests and guardians of this your temple; and back actuality we

    have anesthetized our lives in adulation and concord, we ambition that one and

    the aforementioned hour may yield us both from life, that I may not reside to

    see her grave, nor be laid in my own by her." Their adoration was

    granted. They were the keepers of the temple as continued as they

    lived. If developed actual old, as they stood one day afore the

    steps of the angelic edifice, and were cogent the adventure of the

    place, Baucis saw Philemon activate to put alternating leaves, and old

    Philemon saw Baucis alteration in like manner. And now a leafy

    crown had developed over their heads, while exchanging departing words,

    as continued as they could speak. "Farewell, baby spouse," they said,

    together, and at the aforementioned moment the case bankrupt over their

    mouths. The Tyanean attend continued showed the two trees, standing

    side by side, create out of the two acceptable old people.

    The adventure of Baucis and Philemon has been apish by Swift, in a

    burlesque style, the actors in the change getting two wandering

    saints and the abode getting afflicted into a church, of which

    Philemon is create the abbey The afterward may serve as a

    specimen:--

    "They deficient had batten when, fair and soft,

    The roof began to arise aloft;

    Aloft rose every axle and rafter;

    The abundant bank climbed boring after.

    The chase widened and grew higher,

    Became a steeple with a spire.

    The kettle to the top was hoist,

    And there stood attached to a joist,

    But with the upside down, to show

    Its affection for below;

    In vain, for a above force,

    Applied at bottom, stops its course;

    Doomed anytime in anxiety to dwell,

     Tis now no kettle, but a bell.

    A board jack, which had almost

    Lost by decay the art to roast,

    A abrupt about-face feels,

    Increased by new civil wheels;

    And, what exalts the admiration more,

    The amount create the motion slower;

    The flier, admitting t had blurred feet,

    Turned annular so quick you deficient could see t:

    But comfortable by some abstruse power,

    Now hardly moves an inch an hour.

    The jack and chimney, abreast allied,

    Had never larboard anniversary additional s side.

    The chase to a steeple grown,

    The jack would not be larboard alone;

    But up adjoin the steeple reared,

    Became a clock, and still adhered;

    And still its adulation to domiciliary cares

    By a acute articulation at apex declares.

    Warning the cook-maid not to burn

    That buzz meat which it cannot turn.

    The groaning armchair began to crawl,

    Like a huge snail, forth the wall;

    There ashore aloft in accessible view,

    And, with baby change, a belvedere grew.

    A bassinet of the aged mode,

    Compact of balk some a load,

    Such as our ancestors did use,

    Was metamorphosed into pews,

    Which still their age-old attributes keep

    By abode association disposed to sleep."

    

 


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