Classic Tales by Famous Authors; The Odyssey Volume 9

Classic Tales by Famous Authors; The Odyssey Volume 9

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1905 edition. Excerpt: ...dead; Then died the sheep: a purple torrent flow'd, And all the caverns smoked with streaming blood. When lo! appealed along the dusky coasts, Thin, airy shoals of visionary ghosts: Fair, pensive youths, and soft enamor'd maids; And wither'd elders, pale and wrinkled shades; Ghastly with wounds the forms of warriors slain Stalk'd with majestic port, a martial train: These and a thousand more swarm'd o'er the ground, And all the dire assembly shriek'd around. Astonish'd at the sight, aghast I stood, And a cold fear ran shivering through my blood; I Straight I command the sacrifice to haste, Straight the flay'd victims to the flames are cast And mutter'd vows, and mystic song applied To grisly Pluto, and his gloomy bride. "Now swift I waved my falchion o'er the blood; Back started the pale throngs, and trembling stood. Round the black trench the gore untasted flows, Till awful from the shades Tiresias rose." Tiresias the Seer Warns Ulysses of Neptune's Wrath, and that Destruction Will Follow Harm to the Oxen of the Sun.--(BRYANT.) "He too came, the Theban seer, Tiresias, bearing in his hand a wand Of gold; he knew me and bespake me thus: --"'Why, O unhappy mortal, hast thou left The light of day to come among the dead And to this joyless land? Go from the trench And turn thy sword away, that I may drink The blood, and speak the word of prophecy.' "He spake; withdrawing from the trench, I thrust Into its sheath my silver-studded sword, And after drinking of the dark red blood The blameless prophet turned to me and said: --I "'Illustrious chief Ulysses, thy desire Is for a happy passage to thy home, Yet will a god withstand thee. Not unmarked By Neptune shalt thou, as I deem, proceed I Upon thy voyage. He hath laid up...show more

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  • Paperback | 94 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 5mm | 181g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236610369
  • 9781236610362