Calypso, the Sweet Nymph

Calypso, the Sweet Nymph

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  • "The goddess Athena has supported and helped Odysseus on his long journey. Now she begs her father, Zeus, to help her favorite mortal, and Zeus agrees."
  • "No words were lost on Hermes the Wayfinder who bent to tie his beautiful sandals on,ambrosial,o golden, that carry him over water or over endless land in a swish of the wind,and took the wand with which he charms asleep—or when he wills, awake—the eyes of men.So wand in hand he paced into the air,shot from Pieria down, down to sea level,and veered to skim the swell. A gull patrolling between the wave crests of the desolate sea will dip to catch a fish, and douse his wings;no higher above the whitecaps Hermes flew until the distant island lay ahead,"
  • "Hermes tells Calypso that she must give up Odysseus forever."
  • "O forlorn man, be still.Here you need grieve no more; you need not feel your life consumed here; I have pondered it,and I shall help you go...."
  • "Swiftly she turned and led him to her cave,and they went in, the mortal and immortal.He took the chair left empty now by Hermes, where the divine Calypso placed before himvictuals and drink of men; then she sat downfacing Odysseus, while her serving maidsbrought nectar and ambrosia to her side"
  • "A man in a distant field, no hearth fires near, will hide a fresh brand in his bed of embers to keep a spark alive for the next day; so in the leaves Odysseus hid himself, while over him Athena showered sleep that his distress should end, and soon, soon.  In quiet sleep she sealed his cherished eyes"
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