from The Odyssey
National Poetry Month 2013
Letter from the Editors
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Just the poem this time, no commentary, except to say once again, thank you all.
Don Selby & Diane Boller
Editors' Pick, April 30, 2013
from The Odyssey
Book XIII 1-18
by Homer (ca. 8th century BC)
translated by Alexander Pope (1688–1744)
He ceased; but left so pleasing on their ear
His voice, that listening still they seem’d to hear.
A pause of silence hush’d the shady rooms:
The grateful conference then the King resumes:
“Whatever toils the great Ulysses pass’d,
Beneath this happy roof they end at last;
No longer now from shore to shore to roam,
Smooth seas and gentle winds invite him home.
But hear me, Princes! whom these walls inclose,
For whom my chanter sings, and goblet flows
With wine unmix’d (an honour due to age,
To cheer the grave, and warm the poet’s rage);
Though labour’d gold and many a dazzling vest
Lie heap’d already for our godlike guest;
Without new treasures let him not remove,
Large, and expressive of the public love:
Each Peer a tripod, each a vase bestow,
A general tribute, which the state shall owe.”
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