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Ἄκις). The son of Faunus and Symaethis, who was beloved by the nymph Galatea, and slain by Polyphemus, who was jealous of his success. His blood, gushing forth from under the rock with which he had been crushed, was changed by Galatea into the river Acis, or Acinius, at the foot of Mt. Aetna—a story perhaps suggested by the fact that the river in question springs out from under a rock. The legend has suggested a number of fine poems in English, among them Gay's Song of Polypheme in his Acis and Galatea; J. S. Blackie's Galatea; Buchanan's Polypheme's Passion; and Procter's Death of Acis.

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