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Enter the Cyclops with retinue by Eisodos A.

Cyclops
Give way, make way! What is going on here? What means this slackness? Why this Bacchic holiday? Here is no Dionysus, [205] no bronze castanets, no rattle of drums. How fare my new-born lambs in the cave? Are they at the teat and running to their mothers' sides? The milk for cheeses—has it been put in rush buckets? [210] What say you? This club will soon make someone cry. Look up, not down!

Chorus-Leader
looking up at Polyphemus
There! My head is turned up toward Zeus himself and the stars, and I see Orion!

Cyclops
Is my dinner well prepared?

Chorus-Leader
[215] It is: just be sure your gullet is ready.

Cyclops
Are the mixing-bowls filled with milk as well?

Chorus-Leader
So much that you can drink an entire storage-jar if you like.

Cyclops
Cows' milk or sheep's or a mixture of both?

Chorus-Leader
Whatever you like. Just don't swallow me down.

Cyclops
[220] I wouldn't think of it: you would be the death of me with your dance-steps, leaping around in the middle of my belly.

He spies Odysseus and his men.
Hey! What is this crowd I see near my cave? Have some pirates or robbers landed here? I do see lambs here from my cave, [225] their bodies bound with twisted willow-withes, and my cheese-buckets all in disarray, and an old man with his bald head swollen with blows.1

Silenus
Oh! Oh! Wretched me! What a fever I have got from being beaten up!

Cyclops
By whom? Who has been pummeling your head, old man?

Silenus
[230] These men, because I would not let them take your property.

Cyclops
Did they not know that I am a god and descended from gods?

Silenus
I told them so, but they went on plundering your possessions, and, what is more, they started in on the cheese, though I tried to stop them, and began to carry off the sheep. And they said that they would collar you [235] like a dangerous dog and right before your very eye pull out your guts by force, flay your back nicely with a whip, then bind you hand and foot and throw you onto the rowing-benches of their ship and sell you to someone [240] to pry up rocks with or throw you into a mill.

1 We must suppose that the Cyclops here misdiagnoses the effect of the wine on Silenus, who then improvises his story to agree with Polyphemus' mistake.

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