"She Moves A Goddess, And She Looks A Queen!"

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Context: In the tenth year of the Trojan War, a truce is declared while Paris and Menelaus prepare for a duel. The winner of this single combat will claim Helen, and a peace treaty will follow, after which the Greeks will sail for home. In the meantime, King Priam and his council of elders, men too old to fight "but wise through time," view the battlefield. To them comes Helen, lonesome for her home and her husband.

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These, when the Spartan queen approach'd the tower,In secret own'd resistless beauty's power:They cried, "No wonder such celestial charmsFor nine long years have set the world in arms;What winning graces! what majestic mien!She moves a goddess, and she looks a queen!Yet hence, O Heaven, convey that fatal face,And from destruction save the Trojan race.

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