And Musaeus and his son1 have2 a more excellent song3 than these of the blessings that the gods bestow on the righteous. For they conduct them to the house of Hades in their tale and arrange a symposium of the saints,4 where, reclined on couches crowned with wreaths,
“ Barley and wheat, and his trees are laden and weighted with fair fruits,
Increase comes to his flocks and the ocean is teeming with fishes.
”Hom. Od. 19.109
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1 Cf. Kern, Orphicorum Fragmenta, iv. p. 83. The son is possibly Eumolpus.
2 For the thought of the following cf. Emerson, Compensation: “He (the preacher) assumed that judgement is not executed in this world; that the wicked are successful; that the good are miserable; and then urged from reason and scripture a compensation to be made to both parties in the next life. No offence appeared to be taken by the congregation at this doctrine.”
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