The Island of The Cyclops

The Island of The Cyclops

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  • "we saw a cavern yawning above the water, screened with laurel, and many rams and goats about the place"
  • "In the glare he saw us. Starangers, 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?
  • "Now came the time to toss for it: who ventured along with me? whose hand could bear to thrust and grind that spike in Cyclops eye"
  • "I drew it from the coals and my four fellows gave me a hand, lugging it near the Cyclops as more than natural force nerved them; straight forward they sprinted, lifted it, and rammed it deep in his crater eye"
  • "the rams began to stir, moving for pasture, and peals of bleating echoed round the pens where dams with udders full called for a milking. Blinded, and sick from his head wound, the master stroked each ram, then let it pass, but my men riding on the pectoral fleece the giants blind hands blundering never found"
  • "he stretched his hands out in his darkness toward the sky of stars, and prayed Poseiden: O hear me, lord, blue girdler of the islands, if I am thine indeed, and thou art father grant that Odysseus, raider of cities, never see his home"
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