Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: BOOK II. A LL night in sleep repos'd the other Gods, And helmed warriors ; but the eyes of Jove Sweet slumber held not, pondering in his mind How to avenge Achilles' cause, and pour Destructive slaughter on the Grecian host. 5 Thus as he mus'd, the wisest course appear'd By a deluding vision to mislead The son of Atreus; and with winged words Thus to a phantom form he gave command : " Hie thee, deluding Vision, to the camp 10 And ships of Greece, to Agamemnon's tent; There, changing nought, as I command thee, speak. Bid that he arm in haste the long-hair'd Greeks To combat; for the wide-built streets of Troy He now may capture ; since th' immortal Gods 15 Watch over her no longer ; all are gain'd By Juno's pray'rs; -and woes impend o'er Troy." He said: the Vision heard, and straight obey'd : Swiftly he sped, and reached the Grecian ships, And sought the son of Atreus ; him he found 20 Within his tent, wrapped in ambrosial sleep ; Above his head he stood, like If eleus' son, Nestor, whom Agamemnon rev'renc'd most Of all the Elders ; in his likeness cloth'd Thus spoke the heav'nly Vision; " Sleep'st thou, son Of Atreus, valiant warrior, horseman bold ? 26 To sleep all night but ill becomes a chief, Charg'd with the public weal, and cares of state. Hear now the words I bear; to thee I come A messenger from Jove, who from on high 30 Looks down on thee with eyes of pitying love. He bids thee arm in haste the long-hair'd Greeks To combat; since the wide-built streets of Troy Thou now mayst capture ; for th' immortal Gods Watch over her no longer; all are gain'd 35 By Juno's pray'rs ; and woes impend o'er Troy. Bear this in mind; and when from sleep arous'd Let not my words from thy remembrance fade." This said, he vanish'd ; and the monarch left, In...
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Homer is celebrated as the greatest of ancient Greek epic poets. These epics lie at the beginning of the Western canon of literature, and have had an enormous influence on the history of literature.
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