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Homer, Odyssey 12.184-191

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The song of the Sirens.

δεῦρ’ ἄγ’ ἰών, πολύαιν’ Ὀδυσεῦ, μέγα κῦδος Ἀχαιῶν,
νῆα κατάστησον, ἵνα νωιτέρην ὄπ’ ἀκούσῃς.
οὐ γάρ πώ τις τῇδε παρήλασε νηὶ μελαίνῃ,
πρίν γ’ ἡμέων μελίγηρυν ἀπὸ στομάτων ὄπ’ ἀκοῦσαι,
ἀλλ’ ὅ γε τερψάμενος νεῖται καὶ πλείονα εἰδώς.
ἴδμεν γάρ τοι πάνθ’ ὅσ’ ἐνὶ Τροίῃ εὐρείῃ
Ἀργεῖοι Τρῶές τε θεῶν ἰότητι μόγησαν,
ἴδμεν δ’, ὅσσα γένηται ἐπὶ χθονὶ πουλυβοτείρῃ.

Come here as you travel, much-praised Odysseus, the Achaeans’ great glory. Halt your ship, so you may hear our voices. For never yet has any man sailed past in his black ship before he has heard the sweet voice from our mouths, but he delights in it and goes on his way with more knowledge. For we know everything which the Argives and Trojans suffered in wide Troy through the will of the gods, and we know whatever happens on the much-nourishing earth.

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August 8, 2013 at 12:00 PM

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