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SILENUS.

How touched you not at your paternal shore ?

ULYSSES.

The strength of tempests bore me here by force.

SILENUS.

The self-same accident occurred to me.

ULYSSES.

Were you then driven here by stress of weather ?

SILENUS.

Following the Pirates who had kidnapped Bacchus.

ULYSSES.

What land is this, and who inhabit it ?

SILENUS.

Ætna, the loftiest peak in Sicily.

ULYSSES.

And are there walls, and tower-surrounded towns ?

SILENUS.

There are not. These lone rocks are bare of men.

ULYSSES.

And who possess the land ? the race of beasts ?

SILENUS.

Cyclops, who live in caverns, not in houses.

ULYSSES.

Obeying whom? Or is the state popular?

SILENUS.

Shepherds : no one obeys any in aught.

ULYSSES.

How live they? do they sow the corn of Ceres ?

SILENUS.

On milk and cheese, and on the flesh of sheep.

ULYSSES.

Have they the Bromian drink from the vine's stream ?

SILENUS.

Ah! no; they live in an ungracious land.

ULYSSES.

And are they just to strangers ?-hospitable ?

SILENUS.

They think the sweetest thing a stranger brings,
Is his own flesh.

ULYSSES.

What! do they eat man's flesh ?

SILENUS.

No one comes here who is not eaten up.

ULYSSES.

The Cyclops now—where is he? Not at home?

SILENUS.

Absent on Ætna, hunting with his dogs.

ULYSSES.

Know'st thou what thou must do to aid us hence ?

SILENUS.

I know not: we will help you all we can.

ULYSSES.

Provide us food, of which we are in want.

SILENCS.

Here is not any thing, as I said, but meat.

ULYSSES.

But meat is a sweet remedy for hunger.

SILENUS.

Cow's milk there is, and store of curdled cheese.

ULYSSES.

Bring out:-I would see all before I bargain.

SILENUS.

But how much gold will you engage to give ?

ULYSSES.

I bring no gold, but Bacchic juice.

SILENUS.

Ojoy! "Tis long since these dry lips were wet with wine.

ULYSSES.

Maron, the son of the God, gave it me.

SILENUS.

Whom I have nursed a baby in my arms.

ULYSSES.

The son of Bacchus, for your clearer knowledge.

SILENUS.

Have

you it now?—or is it in the ship?

ULYSSES.

Old man, this skin contains it, which you see.

SILENUS.

Why this would hardly be a mouthful for me.

ULYSSES.

Nay, twice as much as you can draw from thence.

SILENUS.

You speak of a fair fountain, sweet to me.

ULYSSES.

Would

you first taste of the unmingled wine ?

SILENUS.

"Tis just-tasting invites the purchaser.

ULYSSES.

Here is the cup, together with the skin.

SILENUS.

Pour: that the draught may fillip my remembrance.

ULYSSES.

See !

SILENUS.

Papaiapæx! what a sweet smell it has !

ULYSSES.

You see it then ?-

SILENUS.

By Jove, no! but I smell it.

ULYSSES.

Taste, that you may not praise it in words only.

SILENUS.
Babai! Great Bacchus calls me forth to dance !
Joy! joy!

ULYSSES.

Did it flow sweetly down your throat ?

SILENUS.

So that it tingled to my very

nails.

VOL. III.

ULYSSES.

And in addition I will give you gold.

SILENUS.

Let gold alone ! only unlock the cask.

ULYSSES.

Bring out some cheeses now, or a young goat.

SILENUS.

That will I do, despising any master.
Yes, let me drink one cup, and I will give
All that the Cyclops feed upon their mountains.

CHORUS.

Ye have taken Troy, and laid your hands on Helen ?

ULYSSES.

And utterly destroyed the race of Priam.

SILENUS.

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The wanton wretch ! She was bewitched to see
The many-coloured anklets and the chain
Of woven gold which girt the neck of Paris,
And so she left that good man Menelaus.
There should be no more women in the world
But such as are reserved for me alone. -
See, here are sheep, and here are goats, Ulysses ;
Here are unsparing cheeses of pressed milk;
Take them ; depart with what good speed ye may;
First leaving my reward, the Bacchic dew
Of joy-inspiring grapes.

ULYSSES.
Ah me! Alas!

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