Myths of Greece and Rome Narrated with Special Reference to Literature and Art
But, although so much milder than usual, this apparition was
more than poor Semele
’s human nerves could bear, and she
dropped to the floor in a swoon at the first glimpse of her lover.
Oblivious of all but her alarming condition, Jupiter sprang to her
side; but the lightning which played about his head set fire to
the whole palace, which was reduced to ashes.