“Who ever loved, that loved not at first sight?” Christopher Marlowe’s narrative poem portrays part of the story of Hero and Leander, the lovers who lived in cities on either side of the Hellespont in ancient Greece. Although Hero is devoted to Venus, the goddess of love, and sworn to chastity, the amorous Leander convinces her to abandon her vows. He swims the Hellespont, guided by a lamp in her window, to be with her. Marlowe’s version was left unfinished at his death in 1593 and was later finished by George Chapman. The Rhapsodize Audio version presents the two sestiads completed by Marlowe in a dramatic version, with Elizabeth Klett narrating, Bev J. Stevens as Hero, and Bob Gonzalez as Leander.
(Painting by Jean-Joseph Taillasson, 1798)
Hero and Leander (47:51)