alcuin_stevenson-0826alcuin_stevenson-5067Pygmalion, his offering given, prayed before the altar, half afraid, ‘Vouchsafe, O Gods, if all things you can grant, my bride shall be’ – he dared not say my ivory girl – ‘The living likeness of my ivory girl.’ And golden Venus  (for her presence graced her feast) knew well the purpose of his prayer; and, as an omen of her favouring power, thrice did the flame burn bright and leap up high.  

– Ovid, Metamorphoses 10.243
Posted by Alcuin on 15 September 2014