"Nine days I drifted on the teeming sea before dangerous high winds."
"Upon the tenth we came to the coastline of the Lotus Eaters ,who live upon that flower."
"Then I sent out two picked men and a runner to learn what race of men that land sustained."
"They fell in, soon enough, with the Lotus Eaters, who showed no will to do us harm, only offering sweet lotus to our friends."
" But those who ate this honey plant, the Lotus, never cared to report, nor return."
" They longed to stay forever, browsing on that native bloom, forgetful of their homeland."
"Come, clear the beach and no one taste the Lotus, or you will lose your home of home." "Filling in their places by the rowlocks my oarsmen dipped their long oars in the surf, and we moved out again on our sea faring."