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beautiful king's daughter, of whom Aphroditebecame jealous, and charged Eros to visit her and inspire her with love for somecommon man. The god of love, however, on seeing Psyche was himself struck with her pretenatural beauty, and carried her off. They spent much happy time together, but Psyche was not allowed to look upon Eros with her mortal eyes. However, being onlymortal, her curiosity got the better of her, and she stole into his bedchamber onenight, holding a lamp the better to see the face of her mysterious lover. But in alarm ather discovery, she dropped a globule of hot oil on the god's shoulder, which caused himto awake, and, furious at her having disobeyed him, flew off.Psyche searched everywherefor Eros, finally arriving at the temple of---unbeknownst to her--her rival, Aphrodite.The goddess charged her to descend to the Underworld, there to fetch her a box of Persephone's beauty ointment, which she brought back. Thescent, however, overpowered her and she sank dead. But Eros, wrung withremorse, brought her back to life and obtained for her immortality, the two being married thereafter.

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