The Odyssey of Homer, Books 1-12

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Houghton, Mifflin, 1884 - Epic poetry, Greek - 433 pages
 

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Page 391 - And grassy barrows of the happier dead," we are reminded, by force of contrast, of Achilles' words to Odysseus in the lower world : — " Mock not at death, glorious Odysseus. Better be the hireling of a stranger and serve a man of mean estate, whose living is but small, than be the ruler over all these dead and gone.
Page 193 - Saying this, clear-eyed Athene passed away, off to Olympus, where they say the dwelling of the gods stands fast forever. Never with winds is it disturbed, nor by the rain made wet, nor does the snow come near ; but everywhere the upper air spreads cloudless, and a bright radiance plays over all ; and there the blessed gods are happy all their days.
Page 195 - Papa dear, could you not have the wagon harnessed for me, — the high one, with good wheels, — to take my nice clothes to the river to be washed, which now are lying dirty? Surely for you yourself it is but proper, when you are with the first men holding councils, that you should wear clean clothing. Five good sons too are here at home, — two married, and three merry young men still, — and they are always wanting to go to the dance wearing fresh clothes. And this is all a trouble on my mind.
Page 201 - ... Surely their hearts ever grow warm with pleasure over you, when watching such a blossom moving in the dance. And then exceeding happy he, beyond all others, who shall with gifts prevail and lead you home. For I never before saw such a being with these eyes — no man, no woman. I am amazed to see. At Delos once, by Apollo's altar, something like you I noticed, a young palm-shoot springing up ; for thither too I came, and a great troop was with me, upon a journey where I was to meet with bitter...
Page 221 - ... generous Alcinous. On either hand ran walls of bronze from threshold to recess, and round about the ceiling was a cornice of dark metal. Doors made of gold closed in the solid building. The doorposts were of silver and stood on a bronze threshold, silver the lintel overhead, and gold the handle. On the two sides were gold and silver dogs ; these had Hephaistos wrought with subtle craft to guard the house of generous Alcinous, creatures immortal, young forever.
Page 207 - A while ago, he really seemed to me illlooking, but now he is like the gods who hold the open sky. Ah, might a man like this be called my husband, having his home here, and content to stay! But give, my women, to the stranger food and drink.
Page 203 - And may the gods grant all that in your thoughts you long for : husband and home and true accord may they bestow; for a better and higher gift than this there cannot be, when with accordant aims man and wife have a home. Great grief it is to foes and joy to friends ; but they themselves best know its meaning.
Page 113 - Helen turned her thoughts, the child of Zeus. Straightway she cast into the wine of which they drank a drug which quenches pain and strife and brings forgetfulness of every ill.
Page 193 - ... mother. She found them still in-doors: her mother sat by the hearth among the waiting-women, spinning sea-purple yarn ; she met her father at the door, just going forth to join the famous princes at the council, to which the high Phaeacians summoned him.
Page 113 - Such cunning drugs had the daughter of Zeus, drugs of a healing virtue, which Polydamna gave, the wife of Thon, in Egypt, where the fruitful soil yields drugs of every kind, some that when mixed are healing, others deadly. There every one is a physician, skilful beyond all humankind, for they are of the race of Paion. So after she had cast the drug into the bowl and bidden pour, then, once more taking up the word, she said : 8 ' УАтре1Вг) Mev\ae Вютрефеч rS кса o'Be vBpwv...

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