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BritomartisOf all the companions of Artemis
The Goddess loved Britomartis the best.
Britomartis was a Cretan girl who lived by the sea,
And there she spent her time frolicking in the wildwoods and leaves.
She vowed to Artemis that a virgin she would always remain
And never to leave the wilderness's domain.
For she, the great huntress of Crete,
Would never bend down to any man's feet.
One day while she mediated upon a cliff
To rest from the hunt's shift,
King Minos spotted her afar from a ship
And felt love kiss him on the lips.
He said, "I must know her name
For I shall be damned with shame
To not know this beautiful maiden there
Whose hair and face so fair."
He stopped the ship and went ashore
To climb the cliff where the girl had won his adore.
Britomartis who was confused began, "Who goes there
That climbed the rocky steep?" Her eyes glared.
"I am King Minos," he said with pride,
"And I desire to make you as my bride
For you have won my heart miles away;
No woman in my life could make me sway.
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