Monday, May 17, 2004

from Oxblog: Faces and Ships

from Oxblog FACES, SHIPS, &C.

"Is this the face that launched a thousand ships?" doesn't come from Homer. In fact, it doesn't come from antiquity at all. It come from Christopher Marlowe's exquisite "Doctor Faustus," (1616), Act V, scene 1. Mephistopheles has just conjured Helen for Faustus, who asks to have her for his paramour. Looking upon her, he exclaims,
Was this the face that Launcht a thousand ships,

And burnt the toplesse Towers of Ilium?

Sweet Hellen make me immortall with a kisse:

good point there.


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