Echo was a beautiful nymph, fond of the woods and hills, where she devoted herself to woodland sports.
"You shall forfeit the use of that tongue with which you have cheated me,except for that one purpose you are so fond of — reply. You shall still have the last word, but no power to speak first."first."
"Hands off! I would rather die than you should have me!"
"Let usjoin one another,"
Her form faded with grief, till at last all her flesh shrank away. Her bones were changed into rocks and there was nothing left of her but her voice. With that she is still ready to reply to any one who calls her, and keeps up her old habit of having the last word.
"Why, beautiful being, do you shun me? Surely my face is not one to repel you. The nymphs love me, and you yourself look not indifferent upon me. When I stretch forth my arms you do the same; and you smile upon me and answer my beckoning with the like."
His tears fell into the water and disturbed the image. As he saw it depart, he exclaimed, "Stay, I entreat you! Let me at least gaze upon you, if I may not touch you.
They prepared a funeral pile and would have burned the body, but it was nowhere to be found; but in its place was a flower, purple within, and surrounded with white leaves, which bears the name and preserves the memory of Narcissus.