"I might have been Narcissus, embracing the pond in which I was about to drown"

'Echo and Narcissus' by Waterhouse (1903)
Public Domain'Echo and Narcissus' by Waterhouse (1903) - Credit: John William Waterhouse
 Narcissus is a figure in Greek mythology; the best known version of his story is Ovid's in book 3 of the Metamorphoses.

Narcissus falls in love with his own reflection in a pool; this is a punishment meted out by Nemesis (the goddess of retribution) for having spurned prospective lovers, including the wood nymph Echo. The punishment is intended to show him the nature of unrequited love.

Initially, unable to tear himself away from his reflection, Narcissus wastes away; he then realises the true meaning of what he is seeing, and dies overcome by grief and anguish.