The Fountain of Salmacis

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The Fountain of Salmacis (Letra)
Compositores: Phil Collins (letra) , Mike Rutherford (letra) , Tony Banks (letra) , Peter Gabriel (letra) , Steve Hackett (letra)
Hermaphrodite:
a flower containing both male and female organs;
a person or animal of both sexes.

The child Hermaphroditus was the son of Hermes
and Aphrodite, the result of a secret love affair.
For this reason he was entrusted to the nymphs of
the isolated Mount Ida, who allowed him to grow up
as a wild creature of the woods. After his encounter
with the water nymph Salmacis, he laid a curse
upon the water. According to fable, all persons
who bathed in the water became
hermaphrodites.

From a dense forest of tall dark pinewood
Mount Ida rises like an island
Within a hidden cave, nymphs had kept a child
Hermaphroditus, son of gods
So afraid of their love

As the dawn creeps up the sky
The hunter caught sight of a doe
In desire for conquest
He found himself within a glade
He?d not beheld before

Hermaphroditus: (Narrator):
Where are you, my father?
Then he could go no farther
Give wisdom to your son
Now lost, the boy was guided by the sun

And as his strength began to fail
He saw a shimmering lake
A shadow in the dark green depths
Disturbed the strange tranquility

Salmacis: Narrator:
The waters are disturbed the waters are disturbed
Some creature has been stirred
Naiad queen Salmacis has been stirred

As he rushed to quench his thirst
A fountain spring appeared before him
As his heated breath brushed through the cool mist
A liquid voice called
Son of gods, drink from my spring

The water tasted strangely sweet
Behind him the voice called again
He turned and saw her, in a cloak of mist alone
And as he gazed
Her eyes were filled with the darkness of the lake

Salmacis: Narrator:
We shall be one She wanted them as one
We shall be joined as one
Yet he had no desire to be one

Hermaphroditus:
Away from me cold-blooded woman
Your thirst is not mine
Salmacis:
Nothing will cause us to part
Hear me, O Gods

Unearthly calm descended from the sky
And then their flesh and bones
Were strangely merged
Forever to be joined as one

The creature crawled into the lake
A fading voice was heard:
And I beg
Yes I beg that all who touch this spring
May share my fate

Salmacis: Narrator:
We are the one?
The two are now made one
We are the one
Demi-god and nymph are now made one

Both had given everything they had
A lover's dream had been fulfilled at last
Forever still beneath the lake
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