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"Listen with care to this now, and a god will arm your mind. Square in your ship's path are sirens."
"Crying beauty to bewitch men coasting by; woe to the innocent who hears that sound!"
"He will not see his lady nor his children in joy, crowding about him, home from sea; the sirens will sing his mind away."
At dawn, Odysseus and his men continue their journey. Odysseus decides to tell the men only of Circe's warning about the sirens, whom they will soon encounter. He is fairly sure that they can survive this peril if he keeps their spirits up. Suddenly the wind stops.
I carved a massive cake of beeswax into bits and rolled them until they softened - no long task, for a burning heat came down from Helios, lord of high noon.
Going forward I carried wax along the line, and laid it thick on their ears.
They tied me up, then, plump amidships, back to the mast , lashed to the mast, and took themselves again to rowing.
The lovely voices in ardor appealing over the water made me crave to listen, and I tried to say, "Untie me!" to the crew, jerking my brows;but they bent steady to the oars.
Then Perimedes got to his feet, he and Eurylochus, and passed more line about, to hold me still.
So all rowed on, until the sirens dropped under the sea rim, and their singing dwindled away. my faithful company rested on their oars now, peeling off the wax that I had laid thick on their ears; then set me free.
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