1 'And I will tell you of all the wicked witchcraft that Circe will try to practice upon you.
2 Circe,' said I, 'please to keep the promise you made me about furthering me on my homeward voyage.
3 We stayed with Circe for a whole twelvemonth feasting upon an untold quantity both of meat and wine.
4 When Ulysses heard this he put the lid on the chest and made it fast with a bond that Circe had taught him.
5 When Circe strikes you with her wand, draw your sword and spring upon her as though you were going to kill her.
6 I, however, after I had got into bed with Circe, besought her by her knees, and the goddess listened to what I had got to say.
7 When they reached Circe's house they found it built of cut stones, on a site that could be seen from far, in the middle of the forest.
8 When we reached the sea shore, weeping and lamenting our fate, Circe brought the ram and the ewe, and we made them fast hard by the ship.
9 Take this herb, which is one of great virtue, and keep it about you when you go to Circe's house, it will be a talisman to you against every kind of mischief.
10 When we got there we beached the ship, took the sheep out of her, and went along by the waters of Oceanus till we came to the place of which Circe had told us.
11 Then Mercury went back to high Olympus passing over the wooded island; but I fared onward to the house of Circe, and my heart was clouded with care as I walked along.
12 And I said, 'Circe, no man with any sense of what is right can think of either eating or drinking in your house until you have set his friends free and let him see them.'
13 Thus then were they shut up squealing, and Circe threw them some acorns and beech masts such as pigs eat, but Eurylochus hurried back to tell me about the sad fate of our comrades.
14 Meanwhile Circe had been seeing that the men who had been left behind were washed and anointed with olive oil; she had also given them woollen cloaks and shirts, and when we came we found them all comfortably at dinner in her house.
15 When I got through the charmed grove, and was near the great house of the enchantress Circe, I met Mercury with his golden wand, disguised as a young man in the hey-day of his youth and beauty with the down just coming upon his face.
16 Circe, that great and cunning goddess, sent us a fair wind that blew dead aft and staid steadily with us keeping our sails all the time well filled; so we did whatever wanted doing to the ship's gear and let her go as the wind and helmsman headed her.
17 Presently they reached the gates of the goddess's house, and as they stood there they could hear Circe within, singing most beautifully as she worked at her loom, making a web so fine, so soft, and of such dazzling colours as no one but a goddess could weave.
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