1 Presently the sun set and darkness was over all the land.
2 Then she dived down again like a sea-gull and vanished beneath the dark blue waters.
3 Nine days did I drift but in the darkness of the tenth night a great wave bore me on to the Thesprotian coast.
4 It was now daylight, but Minerva nevertheless concealed them in darkness and led them quickly out of the town.
5 Presently the sun set and it became dark, whereon the pair retired into the inner part of the cave and went to bed.
6 All that day did they travel, swaying the yoke upon their necks till the sun went down and darkness was over all the land.
7 They swayed the yoke upon their necks and travelled the whole day long till the sun set and darkness was over all the land.
8 Here we entered, but so dark was the night that some god must have brought us in, for there was nothing whatever to be seen.
9 The sun was now set, and darkness was over all the land, so we hurried on as fast as we could till we reached the harbour, where the Phoenician ship was lying.
10 Thus through the livelong day to the going down of the sun we feasted our fill on meat and drink, but when the sun went down and it came on dark, we camped upon the beach.
11 When the sun had set and darkness was over all the land, she got the ship into the water, put all the tackle on board her that ships generally carry, and stationed her at the end of the harbour.
12 The cup and all the meats went over on to the ground as he smote the earth with his forehead in the agonies of death, and he kicked the stool with his feet until his eyes were closed in darkness.
13 We could almost fancy we heard their voices and the bleating of their sheep and goats, but when the sun went down and it came on dark, we camped down upon the beach, and next morning I called a council.
14 On this she led the way, and Ulysses followed in her steps; but not one of the Phaeacians could see him as he passed through the city in the midst of them; for the great goddess Minerva in her good will towards him had hidden him in a thick cloud of darkness.
15 My brave comrades were drowned every man of them, but I stuck to the keel and was carried hither and thither for the space of nine days, till at last during the darkness of the tenth night the gods brought me to the Ogygian island where the great goddess Calypso lives.
16 As he spoke the sun set and it came on dark, whereon Minerva said, "Sir, all that you have said is well; now, however, order the tongues of the victims to be cut, and mix wine that we may make drink-offerings to Neptune, and the other immortals, and then go to bed, for it is bed time."
17 When she had relieved herself by weeping she prayed to Diana saying, "Great Goddess Diana, daughter of Jove, drive an arrow into my heart and slay me; or let some whirlwind snatch me up and bear me through paths of darkness till it drop me into the mouths of over-flowing Oceanus, as it did the daughters of Pandareus."
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