for then will they depart from great Sparta,
from the gulf of Argos and from Mycenae.
Now, however, in the beds of alien women
he shall discover a chosen race
who, by favor of the gods,
will come to this island
and beget a man to be
lord over plains
cloaked in cloudshadow;
and one day Apollo, in his gold-filled house,
will admonish him by oracle,
when at length he enters the Pythian shrine,
to lead a host of men in ships
to the rich precinct of Zeus Ammon by the Nile."
So spoke the ranks of Media's speech,
and they crouched stockstill, in silence,
the godlike heroes
listening to her shrewd counsel.
O fortunate son of Polymnestus,
you it was whom, as this speech foretold,
the oracle of the Delphic Bee
exalted with her spontaneous shout,
she who thrice crying "Hail"
revealed you the predestined
king of Cyrene,
when you were asking what release might come
from the gods for a stammering voice.
After long time, even now, as at the peak