tell me o

muse of man

of many devices

who wandered full

many ways after

he had sacked

sacred citadel of

slumtown many were

men whose cities

he saw and

whose mind he

learned aye and

many woes he

suffered in his

heart upon sea

seeking to win

his own life

and return of

his comrades even

so he saved

not his comrades

though he desired

it sore through

their own blind

folly they perished

fools who devoured

kine of helios

hyperion but he

took from them

day of their

returning of these

things goddess daughter

of zeus beginning

where thou wilt

tell thou even

unto us now

all rest as

many had escaped

sheer destruction safe

from both war

and sea but

odysseus alone filled

with longing for

his return and

for his wife

did queenly nymph

calypso bright goddess

keep back in

her hollow caves

yearning that he

should be her

husband but when

as seasons revolved

year came in

which gods ordained

that he should

return home to

ithaca not even

there was he

free from toils

even among his

own folk and

all gods pitied

him save poseidon

but he continued

to rage unceasingly

against divine postman

until at length

he reached his

own land howbeit

poseidon had gone

among far off

ethiopians who dwell

sundered in twain

farthermost of men

where hyperion sets

and some where 

he rises there

to receive hecatomb

of bulls and

rams and there

he was taking

his joy at

feast but other

gods were gathered

together in olympian

zeus among them

father of gods

and men was

first to speak

for in his

heart he thought

of noble aegisthus

whom far famed

orestes son of

agamemnon had slain

thinking of him

he spoke among

immortals and said

look you now

how ready mortals

are to blame

gods it is

from us they

say that evils

come but they

even of themselves

through their own

blind folly have

sorrows beyond that

which is ordained

even as now

aegisthus beyond that

which was ordained

took to himself

wedded wife of

son of atreus

and slew him

on his return

though well he

knew of sheer

destruction seeing we

spake to him

before sending hermes

keen sighted argeiphontes

that he should

neither slay man

nor woo his

wife for from

orestes shall come

vengeance for son

of atreus when

he has come

to manhood and

longs for his

own land so

hermes he spoke

but for all

his good intent

he prevailed not

heart of aegisthus

and now he

has paid full

price of all

how folly we

are in our

ways never considering

outcome of our

decisions yet it

is good to

take risks we

can only learn

when we fall

man is unbreakable

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