The Sirens; Scylla and Charybdis Part 2

The Sirens; Scylla and Charybdis Part 2

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  • Opposite Scylla lurks Charybdis, beneath a great fig tree on a tongue of land. From dawn to dusk she sucks the great sea down, then spews it back up three times. If you happen upon her, not even the god who makes the earth tremble could save you. Better to hug the cliff of Scylla and lose six men, than to lose them all and the ship.
  • Then tell me, goddess, if you would, how to pass Charybdis, or fight off Scylla when she raids my crew.
  • Must you cherish battle above all us forever, never yielding to the immortal gods? That nightmare cannot die, the only salvation from her is flight. Row on past her, and invoke Blind Force, she who bore this scourge of men, to shield you from a second strike.
  • Once this peril is past, you will sail by Thrinacia. Phaethusa, and Lampetia, sweet daughter nymphs of Helios, keep seven herds of fifty cattle and sheep. Give these kine a wide berth, and stay intent upon return to Ithaca, for if you raid them, destruction lies in wait for ship and crew. Many rough years will then pass before your homecoming, alone and old, the only survivor.
  • Circe describes the other danger, Charybdis, if Odysseus chooses not to pass by Scylla. Odysseus inquires on how to safely pass by Charybdis or fight off Scylla.
  • Crew, we now leave to return to Ithaca. Ahead lie Sirens who will sing away your hopes of home if you but listen for a second, but keep your your spirits up and row on, and we will surely arrive soon.
  • Circe berates Odysseus, and instructs him to invoke the mother of Scylla, Blind Force, in order to prevent Scylla from raiding Odysseus' men twice.
  • Circe warns Odysseus to avoid Thrinacia and Helios' cattle and sheep. Disaster lies in store for those who eat them.
  • Odysseus and his men set off for Ithaca at daybreak.
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