Icarium litus; so called from Iearus beforementioned. The wings contrived by Daedalus for his and his son's escape from Crete, were of feathers fastened together with wax. Iearus (contrary to his father's instructions; venturing to soar too high, this wax, that held his wings together, was melted by the sun; upon which he is said to have fallen into that part of the aegean sea which afterwards bore his name. Leander mentions this, to make Hero sensible of the strength of his passion, to which no danger would appear considerable, when opposed to the hopes of conversing with her.
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