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Subject: Re: Hesper
Author: Anneza   (Authenticated as Anneza)
Date: March 1, 2010 at 5:02:24 AM
Reply to: Hesper by katie
This is the first stanza of a hymn to the goddess Cynthia (or Diana - the moon) by Shakespeare's contemporary, Ben Jonson:

Queen and huntress, chaste and fair,
Now the sun is laid to sleep,
Seated in thy silver chair,
State in wonted manner keep:
Hesperus entreats thy light,
Goddess excellently bright.

With the -us ending it was of course masculine ... and I've never seen it used for anyone, male or female ... but I do enjoy the idea of it as a synonym for Eve!

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