1 But Antinous who was the head and front of the offending lies low already.
2 Then she dug four pits for us to lie in, and sat down to wait till we should come up.
3 But as heaven has put it in your mind to speak of it, tell me about the task that lies before you.
4 When we were close to her, she made us lie down in the pits one after the other, and threw a seal skin over each of us.
5 It lies squat on the horizon, all highest up in the sea towards the sunset, while the others lie away from it towards dawn.
6 It lies squat on the horizon, all highest up in the sea towards the sunset, while the others lie away from it towards dawn.
7 Now off their harbour there lies a wooded and fertile island not quite close to the land of the Cyclopes, but still not far.
8 'You will find the other rock lie lower, but they are so close together that there is not more than a bow-shot between them.
9 Now Neptune had gone off to the Ethiopians, who are at the world's end, and lie in two halves, the one looking West and the other East.
10 Now there is a rocky islet called Asteris, of no great size, in mid channel between Ithaca and Samos, and there is a harbour on either side of it where a ship can lie.
11 Singing comes cheap to those who do not pay for it, and all this is done at the cost of one whose bones lie rotting in some wilderness or grinding to powder in the surf.
12 He said this to draw me out, but I was too cunning to be caught in that way, so I answered with a lie; 'Neptune,' said I, 'sent my ship on to the rocks at the far end of your country, and wrecked it.'
13 But Minerva resolved to help Ulysses, so she bound the ways of all the winds except one, and made them lie quite still; but she roused a good stiff breeze from the North that should lay the waters till Ulysses reached the land of the Phaeacians where he would be safe.
14 He has no comfortable bed nor bedding; in the winter he sleeps on the floor in front of the fire with the men and goes about all in rags, but in summer, when the warm weather comes on again, he lies out in the vineyard on a bed of vine leaves thrown any how upon the ground.
15 Presently, however, we shall come to the town, where you will find a high wall running all round it, and a good harbour on either side with a narrow entrance into the city, and the ships will be drawn up by the road side, for every one has a place where his own ship can lie.
16 The ship ran before a fresh North wind till we had reached the sea that lies between Crete and Libya; there, however, Jove counselled their destruction, for as soon as we were well out from Crete and could see nothing but sea and sky, he raised a black cloud over our ship and the sea grew dark beneath it.
17 Nevertheless, tramps in want of a lodging keep coming with their mouths full of lies, and not a word of truth; every one who finds his way to Ithaca goes to my mistress and tells her falsehoods, whereon she takes them in, makes much of them, and asks them all manner of questions, crying all the time as women will when they have lost their husbands.
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