This was almost as bad as if Juno had
changed her into a parrot. Echo was very
much ashamed, and hid herself in the forest.
Narcissus, a young man who had hair as
yellow as gold and eyes as blue as the
sky, - a very rare thing in Greece, where most
people were very dark, - used to hunt in the
forest where Echo was hiding. As she was
peeping out shyly from some cave or from
behind a great tree, Echo often saw
Narcissus, and she admired him very much.
One day Narcissus became separated from his
friends, and hearing something rustle among
the leaves, he called out, "Who's here?"
"Here," answered Echo.
"Here I am. Come!" said Narcissus.
"I am come," said Echo; and, as she spoke,
she came out from among the trees.
When Narcissus saw a stranger, instead of
one of his friends as he had expected, he
looked surprised and walked quickly away.
After this, Echo never came out and allowed
herself to be seen again, and in time she
faded away till she became only a voice.
This voice was heard for many, many years in
forests and among mountains, particularly in
caves. In their solitary walks, hunters
often heard it. Sometimes it mocked the
barking of their dogs; sometimes it repeated
their own last words. It always had a weird
and mournful sound, and seemed to make
lonely places more lonely still.
The Legend and Myth of Echo
The Myth of Echo
The story of Echo the
Oread nymph is featured in the book
entitled Favorite Greek Myths by Lilian
Stoughton Hyde, published in 1904 by D. C.
Heath and Company.