Narcissus (mythology)

Echo and Narcissus
The nymph Echo and Narcissus
   In Greek mythol­ogy, Narcissus was a beautiful youth, son of the river god, Cephissus. He was hand­some, selfish, and vain. Having caught sight of his own fair face and drooping ringlets in a spring, he mistook the re­flection for a water nymph. Hoping she might come out to meet him, he hung lov­ingly over the brink until there was noth­ing left of him but the waxy, beautiful, pool-loving flower that bears his name. According to another account, excessive vanity was sent upon him as a punishment for cruelty to the nymph Echo, whom he allowed to pine away to a mere voice in unrequited love.