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STORIES OF GREECE AND ROME
THE STORY OF ULYSSES

and, sitting well in order an the benches, started to row diligently. When they had gone a hundred yards or so, Ulysses stood up in the ship and shouted:
" Hear, Cyclops, he was no coward whose comrades you did so foully slay. If any man ask who blinded you, say that it was the warrior, Ulysses!"
The Cyclops broke a mighty rock off the top of a great hill and hurled it where he had heard the voice. Barely did Ulysses and his ship escape. Then the Cyclops lifted up his hand to Poseidon and prayed:
" Hear me, Poseidon, if I am indeed thy son. May this Ulysses never reach home! Or, if the Fates have ordered that he should reach it, may he come alone, after his comrades have been lost, and may he find sore trouble in his house!"
Bending to their oars with all their might, Ulysses and his men soon came again to the island of the wild goats, where they found their comrade, who had waited long for them, fearing that they had perished. Then Ulysses divided among his company all the sheep which they had taken from the Cyclops. And all with one consent gave. him for his share the great ram which had carried him out of the cave, and he sacrificed it to Zeus. All that day they feasted, and when night came, they slept upon the shore.

II. HOW CIRCE TURNED THE MEN TO SWINE
After sailing many days, Ulysses and his companions came to the island of Aeolus, who is the king of the winds, and who dwells there with his children, six sons and six daughters. Aeolus received them with many words of welcome, feasting them royally for aa whole month, while he heard from Ulysses the story of all that had been done at

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