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[93] Cephalus. Phaetha endowers to gain over Hippolytus to her wishes, by shewing that others before him, addicted to the same way of life, of which he was so fond, had yielded to the passion of love. The first whom she instances, is Cephalus. He was the son of Deioneus, or, according to others, of Mercury and Herse the daughter of Cecrops. He married Proeris, an Athenian princess, whom he loved in the highest degree. Aurora, who loved him, endeavored to gain him over, by making him jealous of Proeris. For this purpose she sent him hon e to her in the shape of a merchant. He, by offering her presents, at last brought her to yield to him; upon which, resumming his own shape, he reproached her with her baseness. Being at length reconciled to him, she gave him a dart which should never miss its aim. With this he afterwards slew her by mistake in a thicket, to which she had retired to watch him. We are not therefore to suppose, when the poet says, “Nec tamen Aurorae malè se praebebat amandum,
” that he returned Aurora's love; for this would be contrary to the truth of history; but only that, though fond of hunting and the like exercises, he was no enemy to the pleasures of love.

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