Psyche is the human spirit or soul, personified as a beautiful woman. Her myth tells of Venus' intense jealousy of her marriage to Cupid. To prove that she is worthy, Psyche is required by Venus to perform seemingly undoable tasks. One of the tasks is to take a box carrying some of Venus' beauty to Proserpine. After successful delivery of the box and its contents, Psyche's curiosity gets the best of her. She peeks into the box and falls into a sleep of death. Luckily, Cupid finds her and rescues her. Then, with the help of Jupiter, Psyche is granted immortality.
|from The Earthly Paradise
by William Morris