1 Man is the vainest of all creatures that have their being upon earth.
2 Their brains were shed upon the ground, and the earth was wet with their blood.
3 '"'Sun,' said Jove, 'go on shining upon us gods and upon mankind over the fruitful earth.'
4 Then he left the river, laid himself down among the rushes, and kissed the bounteous earth.
5 The first ghost that came was that of my comrade Elpenor, for he had not yet been laid beneath the earth.
6 I am flying to escape death at their hands, and am thus doomed to be a wanderer on the face of the earth.
7 O thou," she cried, "that encirclest the earth, vouchsafe to grant the prayers of thy servants that call upon thee.
8 Still, people cannot do permanently without sleep, and heaven has appointed us dwellers on earth a time for all things.
9 You will see the market place with a temple of Neptune in the middle of it, and paved with large stones bedded in the earth.
10 The man is not yet born, nor never will be, who shall lay hands upon your son Telemachus, while I yet live to look upon the face of the earth.
11 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.
12 Thereon he gathered his clouds together, grasped his trident, stirred it round in the sea, and roused the rage of every wind that blows till earth, sea, and sky were hidden in cloud, and night sprang forth out of the heavens.
13 Both these heroes are lying under the earth, though they are still alive, for by a special dispensation of Jove, they die and come to life again, each one of them every other day throughout all time, and they have the rank of gods.
14 It is an island covered with forest, in the very middle of the sea, and a goddess lives there, daughter of the magician Atlas, who looks after the bottom of the ocean, and carries the great columns that keep heaven and earth asunder.
15 Even so I wish that the gods who live in heaven would hide me from mortal sight, or that fair Diana might strike me, for I would fain go even beneath the sad earth if I might do so still looking towards Ulysses only, and without having to yield myself to a worse man than he was.
16 Father Jove," said she, "you, who rule over heaven and earth, you have thundered from a clear sky without so much as a cloud in it, and this means something for somebody; grant the prayer, then, of me your poor servant who calls upon you, and let this be the very last day that the suitors dine in the house of Ulysses.
17 I lay dying upon the earth with the sword in my body, and raised my hands to kill the slut of a murderess, but she slipped away from me; she would not even close my lips nor my eyes when I was dying, for there is nothing in this world so cruel and so shameless as a woman when she has fallen into such guilt as hers was.
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