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May Maia's son,1 as he rightfully should, lend his aid, for no one can better sail a deed on a favoring course, when he would do so.2 [815] But by his mysterious utterance he brings darkness over men's eyes by night, and by day he is no more clear at all.

1 Hermes, the patron of guile and god of eloquence.

2 The bracketed line 815 reads “And many another hidden thing he will make plain, if he desires.”

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