1 Jove's daughter Venus is always dishonouring me because I am lame.
2 In our councils of war before Troy he was always first to speak, and his judgement was unerring.
3 We sailed hence, always in much distress, till we came to the land of the lawless and inhuman Cyclopes.
4 'Now there was a watchman whom Aegisthus kept always on the watch, and to whom he had promised two talents of gold.
5 You are always jealous and hate seeing a goddess take a fancy to a mortal man, and live with him in open matrimony.
6 I had always hoped to entertain him with most marked distinction when heaven had granted us a safe return from beyond the seas.
7 This fellow means no harm by singing the ill-fated return of the Danaans, for people always applaud the latest songs most warmly.
8 In battle I am always the first to bring a man down with my arrow, no matter how many more are taking aim at him alongside of me.
9 There were three hundred and sixty boar pigs, and the herdsman's four hounds, which were as fierce as wolves, slept always with them.
10 As for the day time, he spent it on the rocks and on the sea shore, weeping, crying aloud for his despair, and always looking out upon the sea.
11 I can read these omens myself much better than you can; birds are always flying about in the sunshine somewhere or other, but they seldom mean anything.
12 '"'You dare devil,' replied the goddess, 'you are always wanting to fight somebody or something; you will not let yourself be beaten even by the immortals.'
13 My captains took all their ships inside, and made them fast close to one another, for there was never so much as a breath of wind inside, but it was always dead calm.
14 There he found all the chief people among the Phaeacians making their drink offerings to Mercury, which they always did the last thing before going away for the night.
15 You are always taking something of that sort in your head," replied Minerva, "and that is why I cannot desert you in your afflictions; you are so plausible, shrewd and shifty.
16 There are meadows that in some places come right down to the sea shore, well watered and full of luscious grass; grapes would do there excellently; there is level land for ploughing, and it would always yield heavily at harvest time, for the soil is deep.
17 Stranger," replied Alcinous, "I am not the kind of man to get angry about nothing; it is always better to be reasonable; but by Father Jove, Minerva, and Apollo, now that I see what kind of person you are, and how much you think as I do, I wish you would stay here, marry my daughter, and become my son-in-law.
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