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To you I call, general and brother, Hector, are you asleep? Should you not awake? Some enemy draws near our army, [645] or thieves perhaps, or spies.

Courage! See, Cypris watches over you in gracious mood. Your warfare is my concern, for I do not forget the honor you once did me, and I thank you for your good service. And now, when the army of Troy is triumphant, [650] I have come bringing to you a powerful friend, the Thracian child of the Muse, the heavenly singer; his father's name is Strymon.

Always to this city and to me you are a kind friend, and I am sure that decision I then made [655] conferred you upon this city, the highest treasure life affords. I came when I heard a vague report— for a rumor prevailed amlng the guards—that Achaean spies are here. One man, that did not see them, says so, while another, that saw them come, cannot describe them; [660] and so I am on my way to Hector's tent.

Fear nothing; all is quiet in the army, and Hector has gone to assign a sleeping-place to the Thracian army.

You persuade me, and I believe your words, and will go to guard my post, free of fear.

[665] Go, for it is my pleasure ever to watch your interests, that so I may see my allies prosperous. Yes, and you too shall recognize my zeal. Exit Paris.

In a loud voice, to Odysseus and Diomedes. Son of Laertes, I bid you sheath your whetted swords, you warriors all too keen. [670] For the Thracian chief lies dead and his horses are captured, but the enemy know it, and are coming against you; fly with all speed to the ships' station. Why delay saving your lives, when the enemy's storm is just bursting on you?

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