“So I spoke, and they quickly hearkened to my words. Eurylochus alone sought to hold back all my comrades,
and he spoke, and addressed them with winged words:
“‘Ah, wretched men, whither are we going? Why are you so enamoured of these woes, as to go down to the house of Circe, who will change us all to swine, or wolves, or lions, that so we may guard her great house perforce?
Even so did the Cyclops
, when our comrades went to his fold, and with them went this reckless Odysseus. For it was through this man's folly that they too perished.’
“So he spoke, and I pondered in heart, whether to draw my long sword from beside my stout thigh,
and therewith strike off his head, and bring it to the ground, near kinsman of mine by marriage though he was; but my comrades one after another sought to check me with gentle words:
“‘O thou sprung from Zeus, as for this man, we will leave him, if thou so biddest, to abide here by the ship, and to guard the ship,
but as for us, do thou lead us to the sacred house of Circe.’
“So saying, they went up from the ship and the sea. Nor was Eurylochus left beside the hollow ship, but he went with us, for he feared my dread reproof.
“Meanwhile in her halls Circe
bathed the rest of my comrades with kindly care, and anointed them richly with oil, and cast about them fleecy cloaks and tunics; and we found them all feasting bountifully in the halls. But when they saw and recognized one another, face to face, they wept and wailed, and the house rang around.
Then the beautiful goddess drew near me, and said:
“‘No longer now do ye rouse this plenteous lamenting. Of myself I know both all the woes you have suffered on the teeming deep, and all the wrong that cruel men have done you on the land.
Nay, come, eat food and drink wine, until you once more get spirit in your breasts such as when at the first you left your native land of rugged Ithaca
; but now ye are withered and spiritless, ever thinking of your weary wanderings, nor are your
hearts ever joyful, for verily ye have suffered much.’
“So she spoke, and our proud hearts consented. So there day after day for a full year we abode, feasting on abundant flesh and sweet wine. But when a year was gone and the seasons turned,
as the months waned and the long days were brought in their course, then my trusty comrades called me forth, and said:
“‘Strange man, bethink thee now at last of thy native land, if it is fated for thee to be saved, and to reach thy high-roofed house and thy native land.’