The Iliad

The Iliad

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Excerpt: ...spear; Himself he reach'd not, all in dazzling brass Encas'd; but pressing on his bossy shield Drove by main force beyond where lay the dead: Them both the Greeks withdrew; th' Athenian chiefs Stychius and brave Menestheus, bore away Amid the ranks of Greece Amphimachus; While, as two lions high above the ground Bear through the brushwood in their jaws a goat, Snatch'd from the sharp-fang'd dogs' protecting care: So, fill'd with warlike rage, th' Ajaces twain Lifted on high, and of its armour stripp'd The corpse of Imbrius; and Oileus' son, Griev'd at Amphimachus, his comrade's death, Cut from the tender neck, and like a ball Sent whirling through the crowd the sever'd head; And in the dust at Hector's feet it fell. Then, for his grandson slain, fierce anger fill'd The breast of Neptune; through the tents of Greece And ships he pass'd, the Greeks encouraging, And ills preparing for the sons of Troy. Him met Idomeneus, the warrior King, Leaving a comrade, from the battle field, Wounded behind the knee, but newly brought; Borne by his comrades, to the leech's care He left him, eager to rejoin the fray; Whom by his tent th' Earth-shaking God address'd, The voice assuming of Andraemon's son, Who o'er th' AEtolians, as a God rever'd, In Pleuron reign'd, and lofty Calydon: "Where now, Idomeneus, sage Cretan chief, Are all the vaunting threats, so freely pour'd Against the Trojans by the sons of Greece?" To whom the Cretan King, Idomeneus: "Thoas, on none, so far as I may judge, May blame be cast; we all our duties know; Nor see I one by heartless fear restrain'd, Nor hanging back, and flinching from the war: Yet by th' o'erruling will of Saturn's son It seems decreed that here the Greeks should fall, And far from Argos lie in nameless graves. But, Thoas, as thyself art ever staunch, Nor slow the laggards to reprove, thy work Remit not now; but rouse each sev'ral man." To whom Earth-shaking Neptune thus replied: "Idomeneus, may he from Troy return more

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  • Paperback | 198 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 363g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236692691
  • 9781236692696