1 And I saw Sisyphus at his endless task raising his prodigious stone with both his hands.
2 They stowed everything carefully away, and Minerva set a stone against the door of the cave.
3 As he spoke he took Telemachus' spear, whereon he crossed the stone threshold and came inside.
4 Then he went up to it, turned it into stone, and drove it down with the flat of his hand so as to root it in the ground.
5 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.
6 I built my room round this with strong walls of stone and a roof to cover them, and I made the doors strong and well-fitting.
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 he reached home he stood his spear against a bearing-post of the cloister, crossed the stone floor of the cloister itself, and went inside.
9 Then he too went on board and lay down without a word, but the crew took every man his place and loosed the hawser from the pierced stone to which it had been bound.
10 '"'We went,' said he, 'as you told us, through the forest, and in the middle of it there was a fine house built with cut stones in a place that could be seen from far.'
11 When his body and armour had been burned to ashes, we raised a cairn, set a stone over it, and at the top of the cairn we fixed the oar that he had been used to row with.
12 But Agamemnon was glad when he heard his chieftains quarrelling with one another, for Apollo had foretold him this at Pytho when he crossed the stone floor to consult the oracle.
13 It was a station for a great many sheep and goats, and outside there was a large yard, with a high wall round it made of stones built into the ground and of trees both pine and oak.
14 When they got there they sat down side by side on a seat of polished stone, while Minerva took the form of one of Alcinous' servants, and went round the town in order to help Ulysses to get home.
15 I was at first inclined to seize my sword, draw it, and drive it into his vitals, but I reflected that if I did we should all certainly be lost, for we should never be able to shift the stone which the monster had put in front of the door.
16 They threw vast rocks at us from the cliffs as though they had been mere stones, and I heard the horrid sound of the ships crunching up against one another, and the death cries of my men, as the Laestrygonians speared them like fishes and took them home to eat them.
17 As soon as he had put the stone back to its place against the door, he sat down, milked his ewes and his goats all quite rightly, and then let each have her own young one; when he had got through with all this work, he gripped up two more of my men, and made his supper off them.
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