978-1-4043-0911-1 / 9781404309111

Helen of Troy





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An excerpt: Of the coming of Paris to the house of Menelaus, King of Lacedaemon, and of the tale Paris told concerning his past life. I. All day within the palace of the King   In Lacedaemon, was there revelry,Since Menelaus with the dawn did spring   Forth from his carven couch, and, climbing high   The tower of outlook, gazed along the dryWhite road that runs to Pylos through the plain,   And mark'd thin clouds of dust against the sky,And gleaming bronze, and robes of purple stain. II. Then cried he to his serving men, and all   Obey'd him, and their labour did not spare,And women set out tables through the hall,   Light polish'd tables, with the linen fair.   And water from the well did others bear,And the good house-wife busily brought forth   Meats from her store, and stinted not the rareWine from Ismarian vineyards of the North. III. The men drave up a heifer from the field   For sacrifice, and sheath'd her horns with gold;And strong Boethous the axe did wield   And smote her; on the fruitful earth she roll'd,   And they her limbs divided; fold on foldThey laid the fat, and cast upon the fire   The barley grain.  Such rites were wrought of oldWhen all was order'd as the Gods desire.

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