“So I spoke, and they quickly hearkened to my words. From their faces they drew their cloaks,1
and marvelled at the stag on the shore of the unresting sea, for he was a very mighty beast. But when they had satisfied their eyes with gazing, they washed their hands, and made ready a glorious feast. So then all day long till set of sun we sat feasting on abundant flesh and sweet wine.
But when the sun set and darkness came on, then we lay down to rest on the shore of the sea. And as soon as early Dawn appeared, the rosy-fingered, I called my men together, and spoke among them all:
“‘Hearken to my words, comrades, for all your evil plight.
My friends, we know not where the darkness is or where the dawn, neither where the sun, who give light to mortals, goes beneath the earth, nor where he rises; but let us straightway take thought if any device be still left us. As for me I think not that there is. For I climbed to a rugged point of outlook, and beheld
the island, about which is set as a crown the boundless deep. The isle itself lies low, and in the midst of it my eyes saw smoke through the thick brush and the wood.’
“So I spoke, and their spirit was broken within them, as they remembered the deeds of the Laestrygonian, Antiphates,
and the violence of the great-hearted Cyclops
, the man-eater. And they wailed aloud, and shed big tears. But no good came of their mourning.
“Then I told off in two bands all my well-greaved comrades, and appointed a leader for each band.
Of the one I took command, and of the other godlike Eurylochus. Quickly then we shook lots in a brazen helmet, and out leapt the lot of great-hearted Eurylochus.