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Sirens

with song, bird-women lure sailors to death. [Gk. Myth.: Odyssey]

sirens

their singing so sweet, it lured sailors to their death. [Gk. Myth.: Hamilton, 48]
See: Singer
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First you will come to the Sirens who enchant all who come near them.
When your crew have taken you past these Sirens, I cannot give you coherent directions {100} as to which of two courses you are to take; I will lay the two alternatives before you, and you must consider them for yourself.
First she said we were to keep clear of the Sirens, who sit and sing most beautifully in a field of flowers; but she said I might hear them myself so long as no one else did.
You must efface either the two sirens or the legend, without which I forbid the exhibition of the sign.
I have some excellent ivory-black; it will be done in a moment, and we will replace the Medici by the nymphs or the sirens, whichever you prefer.
In her grey frock, palpitating with life, generous of form, olympian and simple, she was in deed the siren to fascinate that dark navigator, this ruthless lover of the five senses.
The words seemed to fill the room with an emotion which Katharine connected with the sound of distant wheels, the footsteps hurrying along the pavement, the cries of sirens hooting down the river, the darkness and the wind.
Her bid for the heart of him and the soul of him was finer and more generous than the bid of the Game; yet he dallied with both--held her in his arms, but turned his head to listen to that other and siren call she could not understand.
The stricken woman, on her back, drumming her heels on the floor, was shrieking persistently and monotonously, like a mechanical siren.
When, however, the Siren disappears and dives below, down among the dead men, the water of course grows turbid over her, and it is labour lost to look into it ever so curiously.
My attention was diverted from this death flurry by a furious yelling, like that of the thing called a siren in our manufacturing towns.
Woman, siren that you are, do you persist in fixing on me that fascinating eye, which reminds me that I ought to blush?