and round about it a leopard skin
kept off the shivering rain;
the lustrous locks of his hair
had not been cut and lost,
but cascaded down his entire back.
Swiftly he went straight on,
trying the mettle of his unshaken will,
and in the middle of the square
stood among the thronging crowd.
No one knew him; but awestruck
as they were, someone spoke thus:
"Surely this isn't Apollo,
nor is it bronze-charioted Ares,
lord of Aphrodite; and they say
that on gleaming Naxos died
Otos and you, daring lord Ephialtes.
Then too Tityus fell
hunted down by Artemis' swift arrow
springing from her invincible quiver,
so that a man might crave
to caress possible loves."
Such things they spoke in turn
to one another; and on his polished
mule-cart came Pelias rushing in
pell-mell: he was at once astonished
as he glanced uneasily at the single sandal
conspicuous on its right foot.
But hiding the fear in his heart
he accosted him: