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What Face Can Launch a Thousand Ships? "If"

Last week by chance I happened to listen to this song for the first time in my life.

Before, I had had no idea that the song existed. So I just half-listened to it, about how a picture worth a thousand words, and thought, "Good old proverb." In fact, I had a full entry in my diary discussing how a word could give you a thousand pictures as well.

However, when the song went to the second stanza, it went, "If a face could launch a thousand ships..," and I just immediately straightened my back.

"A face that launched a thousand ships," I thought. "It's Marlowe."

In his play Doctor Faustus, his character Faust was talking about the legendary Helen of Troy, the cause of Trojan War and the ultimate destruction of the city.

"Was this the face that launch'd a thousand ships,
And burnt the topless towers of Ilium--"

I know that is article is so trivial. It is more like a diary entry than anything worth putting in one's blog. However,…