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As soon as they are slaughtered, they If I speak false, then may my father shall fill
My belly, broiling warm from the live But do not thou wrong hospitality. coals, Cyclops. You lie! I swear that he is juster far Than Rhadamanthus-I trust more in
Or boiled and seethed within the bubbling cauldron.
I am quite sick of the wild mountain'
Of stags and lions I have gorged enough,
After one thing for ever, and of late
And all by mutual compact, without force.
There is no word of truth in what he
For slily he was selling all your store.
Be these the witnesses, my dear sweet
But let me ask, whence have ye sailed,
Who are you? And what city nourished
Ulysses. Hear, Cyclops, a plain tale on the other side. We, wanting to buy food, came from our ship
Cyclops. What, have ye shared in the unenvied spoil
Into the neighbourhood of your cave, Of the false Helen, near Scamander's and here
This old Silenus gave us in exchange These lambs for wine, the which he took and drank,
My children, perish wretchedly!
Ulysses. Our race is Ithacan-having destroyed
The town of Troy, the tempests of the
There stop! I saw him giving these things to the
Have driven us on thy land, O Polypheme.
Ulysses. The same, having endured a woful toil.
Cyclops. Oh, basest expedition! sailed ye not
From Greece to Phrygia for one woman's sake?
Ulysses. 'Twas the Gods' work-no
But, O great offspring of the oceanking,
We pray thee and admonish thee with freedom,
And place no impious food within thy jaws.
For in the depths of Greece we have upreared
My darling little Cyclops, that I never
Temples to thy great father, which are all
If I speak false may those whom most I And airy Sunium's silver-veined crag,
That thou dost spare thy friends who visit thee,
The Gerastian asylums, and whate'er
From Phrygian contumely; and in which As to the rest I care not:- When he You have a common care, for you inhabit
Rain from above, I have a close pavilion The skirts of Grecian land, under the Under this rock, in which I lie supine, roots Feasting on a roast calf or some wild beast,
Of Ætna and its crags, spotted with fire.
Receive us shipwrecked suppliants, and Emulating the thunder of high heaven. provide And when the Thracian wind pours down the snow,
Food, clothes, and fire, and hospitable
I wrap my body in the skins of beasts,
Nor fixing upon oxen-piercing spits
Priam's wide land has widowed Greece Bringing forth grass, fattens my flocks enough;
And weapon-winged murder heaped to
Which, to what other God but to myself
Enough of dead, and wives are husbandless,
And ancient women and gray fathers The wise man's only Jupiter is this,
And 'tis a bitter feast that you prepare,
Forego the lust of your jaw-bone;
Who complicate with laws the life of
I freely give them tears for their reward.
Silenus. Let me advise you, do not spare a morsel Of all his flesh.
If you should eat his
tongue You would become most eloquent, O Creep in !— Cyclops.
And yon ancestral cauldron, which o'er-
Ulysses. Ai! ai! I have escaped the
I have escaped the sea, and now I fall
Cyclops. Wealth, my good fellow, is the wise man's God,
All other things are a pretence and boast. What are my father's ocean promontories,
The sacred rocks whereon he dwells, O Pallas, mistress, Goddess, sprung from to me? Jove,
Stranger, I laugh to scorn Jove's thunder- Now, now, assist me ! than Troy
I know not that his strength is more Are these;-I totter on the chasms of than mine.
And thou who inhabitest the thrones
For your gaping gulph, and your gullet The knotty limbs of an enormous oak, wide Three waggon-loads at least, and then he strewed
Upon the ground, beside the red firelight,
His couch of pine leaves; and he milked the cows,
And pouring forth the white milk, filled a bowl
The ravin is ready on every side,
There is boiled meat, and roast meat, and meat from the coal,
You may chop it, and tear it, and gnash it for fun,
An hairy goat's-skin contains the whole.
Let me but escape, and ferry me o'er The stream of your wrath to a safer shore.
Ulysses. Soon as we came into this craggy place,
Kindling a fire, he cast on the broad hearth
Ulysses. Selecting two, the plumpest of the crowd, He grasped them in his hands.—
Three cubits wide and four in depth, as much
As would contain ten amphoræ, and bound it
With ivy wreaths; then placed upon the fire
The Cyclops Etnean is cruel and bold,
To rise from the earth.
He roasts the men before they are cold,
Farewell, rites of dread!
With slaughter uncloying,
Of the huge cauldron, and seized the
By the foot's tendon, and knocked out his brains
In the flesh of strangers joying! Ulysses. O Jupiter! I saw within the cave Horrible things; deeds to be feigned in words, But not to be believed as being done.
Upon the sharp edge of the craggy stone: Then peeled his flesh with a great cooking-knife
Chorus. What! sawest thou the im- And put him down to roast. The pious Polypheme
Feasting upon your loved companions now?
chopped into the cauldron to be boiled.
And I, with the tears raining from my
1 I confess I do not understand this.
A brazen pot to boil, and made red hot The points of spits, not sharpened with the sickle,
But with a fruit tree bough, and with the jaws
Of axes for Etnean slaughterings.1
Had made all ready, he seized two of
And killed them in a kind of measured manner;
For he flung one against the brazen rivets
Stood near the Cyclops, ministering to He claps his wings and crows in doting him;
The rest, in the recesses of the cave,
When he was filled with my companions'
A loathsome exhalation from his maw.
The cup of Maron, and I offered him
Behold what drink the vines of Greece
The exultation and the joy of Bacchus."
And taking my hand, praised me :--
A sweet draught after a sweet meal,
Another cup, well knowing that the wine
And the charm fascinated him, and I
You who are young escape with me, and find
Bacchus your ancient friend; unsuited
To this rude Cyclops.
Oh my dearest friend, That I could see that day, and leave for ever
The impious Cyclops.
Ulysses. Listen then what a punish
ment I have
For this fell monster, how secure a
From your hard servitude.
O sweeter far Than is the music of an Asian lyre Would be the news of Polypheme destroyed.
Ulysses. Delighted with the Bacchic drink he goes
call his brother Cyclops - who
A village upon Ætna not far off.
You think by some measure to dispatch
Or thrust him from the precipice.
Chorus. How then? I heard of old that thou wert wise.
Ulysses. I will dissuade him from this plan, by saying
It were unwise to give the Cyclopses
Would make life sweeter for a longer
I will conceal in fire, and when I see
It is alight, will fix it, burning yet, Within the socket of the Cyclops' eye And melt it out with fire-as when a
Turns by its handle a great augur round, Fitting the framework of a ship with beams,
So will I, in the Cyclops' fiery eye Turn round the brand and dry the pupil up.
Chorus. Joy! I am mad with joy at your device.
Ulysses. And then with you, my friends, and the old man, We'll load the hollow depth of our black ship,
And row with double strokes from this dread shore.
Chorus. May I, as in libations to a
Share in the blinding him with the red brand?
I would have some communion in his death.
Semichorus I. (Song within.) Listen! listen! he is coming, A most hideous discord humming. Drunken, museless, awkward, yelling, Far along his rocky dwelling; Let us with some comic spell Teach the yet unteachable. By all means he must be blinded, If my council be but minded. Semichorus II
Happy those made odorous
With the dew which sweet grapes weep,
To the village hastening thus,
Seek the vines that soothe to sleep, Having first embraced thy friend, There in luxury without end, With the strings of yellow hair, Of thy voluptuous leman fair, Shalt sit playing on a bed !— Speak what door is opened? Cyclops
Ha ha ha! I'm full of wine,
To my brothers on the mountains,
Bring the cask, O stranger, bring!
Cometh from his dwelling
Bright beyond my telling. In thy grace thou shinest Like some nymph divinest, In her caverns dewy :— All delights pursue thee, Soon pied flowers, sweet-breathing, Shall thy head be wreathing.
Ulysses. Listen, O Cyclops, for I am well skilled