At this I went aboard, and gave the word to cast off by the stern. My oarsmen followed, filing in to their benches by the rowlocks, and all in line dipped oars in the gray sea. (374)
As we rowed on, and nearer to the mainland, at one end of the bay, we saw a cavern yawning above the water. (374)
A prodigious man slept in this cave alone. (375)
We beached there, and I told the crew to stand by and keep watch over the ship; as for myself I took my twelve best fighters and went ahead. (375)
Strangers, he said, who are you? And where from? What brings you here by sea ways a fair traffic? Or are you wandering rogues, who cast your lives like dice, and ravage other folk by sea? (377)
Now, by the gods, I drove my big hand spike deep in the embers, charring it again, and cheered my men along with battle talk to keep their courage up: no quitting now. (377)
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