In Greek mythology, Hippocrene (Ἱππου κρήνης) was the name of a spring on Mt. Helicon. It was sacred to the Muses and was formed by the hooves of Pegasus. Its name literally translates as "Horse's Fountain" and the water was supposed to bring forth poetic inspiration when imbibed.
And after they have washed their tender skin in Permessus or Hippocrene or holy Olmeidus, they perform choral dances on highest Helicon, beautiful, lovely ones, and move nimbly with their feet.
O for a beaker full of the warm South
Full of the true, the blushful Hippocrene,
With beaded bubbles winking at the brim,
And purple-stained mouth;
That I might drink, and leave the world unseen,
And with thee fade away into the forest dim:
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow mentions the fountain in his poem "Goblet of Life":
No purple flowers,--no garlands green,Thick leaves of mistletoe.
Conceal the goblet's shade or sheen,
Nor maddening draughts of Hippocrene,
Like gleams of sunshine, flash between
Sisters who are my sweet care, if I sing to you of wonders, I pray that it be granted to me to drink again atthe fountain of Helicon.
- "Hesiod": Most, Glenn W (2006). Hesiod. The Loeb Classical Library 1. Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 2. ISBN 0-674-99622-4.
- Frazer, J. G. (1900). "Hippocrene". Pausanias, and Other Greek Sketches. London: Macmillan. p. 358.
- Merriam-Webster: http://www.aolsvc.merriam-webster.aol.com/dictionary/hippocrene
- "Hesiod": Most, Glenn W (2006). Hesiod. The Loeb Classical Library 1. Massachusetts: Harvard University Press. p. 3. ISBN 0-674-99622-4.
- "Ode to a Nightingale": Keats, John (2006). Stephen Greenblatt, ed. Norton Anthology of English Literature (Eighth ed.). London: Norton.
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