The Odyssey of Homer's proemic lines
| The Odyssey
written by Homer
|The Odyssey is one of the two major ancient Greek epic poems (the other being the Iliad), attributed to the poet Homer. The poem is commonly dated to between 800 and 600 BCE. The poem is, in part, a sequel to the Iliad, and concerns the events that befall the Greek hero Odysseus in his long journey back to his native land Ithaca after the fall of Troy.|
The Odyssey of Homer: translated by Herbert Bates (1929).
TELL ME THE TALE, MUSE, OF THAT MAN
OF MANY CHANGES, HE WHO WENT[...]
WANDERING SO FAR WHEN HE HAD PLUNDERED
Troy’s sacred citadel. And many
The men whose cities he beheld,
Whose minds he learned to know, and many
The sorrows that his soul endured
Upon the deep the while he strove
To save himself from death and bring
His comrades home.
Of these things now,
Daughter of Zeus, O goddess, tell us,
Even as thou wilt, the tale.
T. E. Lawrence
The Odyssey of Homer: Translated by T. E. Shaw (Colonel T. E. Lawrence) (1932).
O DIVINE POESY
GODDESS-DAUGHTER OF ZEUSAND BRING HIS COMPANY SAFE HOME
SUSTAIN FOR ME
THIS SONG OF THE VARIOUS-MINDED MAN
WHO AFTER HE HAD PLUNDERED
THE INNERMOST CITADEL OF HALLOWED TROY
WAS MADE TO STRAY GRIEVOUSLY
ABOUT THE COASTS OF MEN
THE SPORT OF THEIR CUSTOMS GOOD OR BAD
WHILE HIS HEART
THROUGH ALL THE SEA-FARING
ACHED IN AN AGONY TO REDEEM HIMSELF
VAIN HOPE—FOR THEM
FOR HIS FELLOWS HE STROVE IN VAINTHE DAY OF THEIR RETURN
THEIR OWN WITLESSNESS CAST THEM AWAY
TO DESTROY FOR MEAT
THE OXEN OF THE MOST EXALTED SUN
WHEREFORE THE SUN-GOD BLOTTED OUT
MAKE THE TALE LIVE FOR US
IN ALL ITS MANY BEARINGSO MUSE
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