Front Cover
 Front Matter
 Title Page
 Table of Contents
 Story of Ulysses
 The guest's name
 The lotus eaters
 The windkeeper
 The man eaters
 The Sirens
 Scylla and Charybdis
 Ulysses reaches home
 Back Cover

Group Title: The story of Ulysses : for youngest readers.
Title: The story of Ulysses
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Title: The story of Ulysses for youngest readers
Physical Description: 114 p. : ill. ; 17 cm.
Language: English
Creator: Educational Publishing Company ( Publisher )
Publisher: Educational Publishing Company
Place of Publication: Boston
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Publication Date: 1897
Copyright Date: 1897
Subject: Odysseus (Greek mythology) -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Youth -- Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Conduct of life -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Adventure and adventurers -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Shipwrecks -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Voyages and travels -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Kings and rulers -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Monsters -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Sailing -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
Heroes -- Juvenile fiction   ( lcsh )
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Table of Contents
    Front Cover
        Page 1
        Page 1a
    Front Matter
        Page 2
    Title Page
        Page 3
        Page 4
    Table of Contents
        Page 5
        Page 6
    Story of Ulysses
        Page 7
        Page 8
        Page 9
        Page 10
        Page 11
        Page 12
    The guest's name
        Page 13
        Page 14
        Page 15
        Page 16
        Page 17
        Page 18
    The lotus eaters
        Page 19
        Page 20
        Page 21
        Page 22
        Page 23
        Page 24
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    The windkeeper
        Page 47
        Page 48
        Page 49
        Page 50
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        Page 53
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    The man eaters
        Page 55
        Page 56
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    The Sirens
        Page 83
        Page 84
        Page 85
        Page 86
        Page 87
        Page 88
    Scylla and Charybdis
        Page 89
        Page 90
        Page 91
        Page 92
        Page 93
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        Page 106
        Page 107
        Page 108
    Ulysses reaches home
        Page 109
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        Page 113
        Page 114
    Back Cover
        Page 115
        Page 116
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The Guest's Name 13
The Lotus Eaters. 19
Polyphemus 27
The Windkeeper 47
The Man Eaters 55
Circe 61
The Sirens 83
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Once upon a time a king was hold-
ing a great feast.

A strange guest



He had just come from the sea.
But no one knew who he was.
"I have been shipwrecked on your

"Will you allow one

at the


shore," he said.

Story of Ulysses.

of your


to carry

me to my

"We are always glad to help all who
need our help," the king said.
"And while the ship is being made
ready, come and join our feast."

Story of Ulysses.

The strange guest was very tall and
He towered above every other
brave man at the feast.
"Who can he be?" everybody whis-
By and by, the people all arose
from the feast.
They were ready now for the games.
They would now run races and test
each other's strength in all kinds of
The strange guest watched the
games, but he took no part.
"Come and wrestle with us," said

Story of. Ulysses. II
one of the youths to the strange guest.
"Thank you, but I fear I am too
old," the guest said.
Then the youth laughed at the guest.
"He is no hero," the youth said; "see,
he dares not come and play with us."
Then the strange guest's brow grew
He was very angry.
Foolish youth!" he said.
And as he said those words, he
strode into the center of the throng.
He caught up a great rock.
He threw it with all his might. It
went crashing and tearing down a hill.

Story of Ulysses.

All the youths were struck with fear.
Who could the stranger be!
"Well done!" cried the king, "you
are the hero of the day!"
"Young men," said the stranger,
"I challenge any one of you. I will
throw another great rock. It shall be
twice as big as this first. Or, if you
like boxing and wrestling better, I will
box and wrestle with any one of you."
But not one of the youths dared
box or wrestle with the strange guest.
So they made him presents, and the
king said: "All hail! our unknown
guest. He is the hero. He has won
all the prizes of the day."



Then the people all went back to the
"Do not think we are cowards,
good friend," said the king to the guest.

"And do

not think we

excel in

"Indeed we care not so much for
feats of strength; but we do care


Story of Ulysses.

greatly for dancing and song and the
music of the harp.
But above all we are proud of our
"Our ships are most wonderful.
"No country in all the world has
such ships.
"Our ships can think. They have
minds like people.
"They can steer themselves across
the sea. They need no pilot.
"They go out always on errands of
"When old Neptune rages, our
ships go out to save the wrecked ones.

Story of Ulysses.

"But there is an old prophecy about
our ships. Sometimes it makes me
very sad.
"The prophecy is this: 'Some time
one of these ships shall be turned into
a stone and shall stand forever out in
The old king grew very sad as he
said this.
All the youths grew very quiet.
Then the king said, "Now, good
friend, tell us who you are? Whence
you have come, and whither you go?"
Then the guest arose.
"I am Ulysses," he said.

Story of Ulysscs.

"I am the hero who fought in the
Trojan War.
"You have all heard of the Trojan
"You know how many years we
"You know how at last we took the

"I am the

Ulysses that fought in

that great war.
"I am returning now from the war.
"For years I have been driven up
,and down the sea, trying to reach my
"Old Neptune is angry with me and

Story of Ulysses.

means to keep me from reaching home.
"That is why I was wrecked off
your coast."
"0 Ulysses," the king cried, "you
are our most honored guest.
Come and sit beside me, and tell
us the story of your wanderings on the
Then they gathered all the people
into the banquet hall, and Ulysses
began to tell his story.
This is what he said:

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From the very first, old Neptune
has been against us.
Hence we have wandered so long.
First of all, Neptune sent a great
It drove our little ships upon the
barren shores of an island.
We landed on the island and sent
three of our men inland.

Story of Ulysses.

We wished to know what kind of
people lived upon the island.
The rest of us waited on the shore;
we waited days and days.
The three men did not come back.
Then we all went to find them.
Perhaps they had been eaten up by
wild animals.
Perhaps they had fallen into the
hands of giants.
We did not know.
So we crept very softly in from the
By and by we came to a beautiful


Story of Ulysses. 21
There were tables spread in the
grove for feasting.
People were lying on flowery banks.
They seemed very idle and happy.
They were eating and drinking and
laughing with each other.
Among them were our three men.
The people saw us and invited us
to come and feast, too.
"Come and eat the fruit of the
Lotus tree," they said.
"It is the only food we have here.
"It is both food and drink.
"We need nothing in all the world
but this fruit.

22 Story of Ulysses.
"So we eat and sing and laugh all
day long."
We thanked the people for their
kindness and sat down at the feast.
I was just about to taste of the fruit,
for I was hungry and thirsty.
But I happened to look across at
my three companions, who had come
first into the grove of the Lotus Eaters.
There was a strange look in their
They did not look like themselves.
Something had changed them.
Then I spoke to them.
"0, do not trouble us," they said.

Story of Ulysses.

Let us alone. Let us eat and drink
and stay here forever."
Then I turned to the men who had
come with me, and said:
"Eat not of this Lotus fruit. It is
magic fruit. It will do us harm."
Then, to the three men I said:
"Arouse you! You are sleeping!
Have you forgotten your homes?
"Have you forgotten the wives and
children that are waiting for you?
"Have you forgotten that it is our
duty to reach our home?"
But the three men only yawned and
said, "0 don't trouble us! Don't

trouble us!"

24 Story of Ulysses.
And the king of the Lotus Eaters
"Do you know," he said, "that those
who eat of the Lotus tree never again
see home or family?
"Do you not know that they will
live here contented to sleep and dream
Then I with my companions arose
and hurried away.
But first we seized the three men.
We dragged them out of the grove.
We dragged them on ship board.
Then a strange thing happened.
As soon as their feet touched the
ship, the spell was broken.

Story of Ulysses. 25
They were awake again.
Then we took our oars and rowed
away as fast as we could.
All day long we rowed.

Then we reached a beautiful harbor.
We landed again and hunted game.
Then we feasted and rested for a
day and set out upon the ocean again.


All night long we sailed.
Towards morning I heard the sound
of herds.
I knew we were near some shore.
I called my companions and bade
them wait just there.
Then with a few, I went on shore to

Story of Ulysses.

The first thing we saw was a great
It was dark and lonely.

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Wild laurel was growing all over it.
We could hardly see the door.
Near by, a great herd of sheep and
goats were sleeping.

Story of Ulysses.

They lay sleeping

beside a great

We stood looking at the herd.
We were just getting ready to aim
our arrows at them.
Just then the great hill moved.
"It is the wind stirring the branches
of the trees," I thought.
But no! the whole hill turned over.
The shaggy branches nodded, and a


sight met our


The hill was a giant.
What I had thought were branches,
was the giant's coarse, shaggy hair.

Story of Ulysses.

The giant had one eye only.
That was in the middle of his fore-

His breathing was like the rolling
of distant thunder.
"Let us go back to our ships," my
companions said.
But I would not fly from danger.
"I shall go to this giant," I said.
"Let all who dare, follow me."

Story of Ulysses. 3
All the men followed me, and we
went first to the giant's cave
There lay more flocks sleeping.
The old sheep lay by themselves.
The old goats by themselves.
The smaller lambs by themselves;
and the lambkins and kids were most
cared for.
"This giant is surely careful of his
flocks," I said.
Perhaps he will be kind to us.
Then we looked around the cave.
Everything was in order.
There were cheeses on the shelves.
There were pans of sweet milk.

32 Story of Ulysscs.
The empty pans were all sweet and
All this time my companions begged
me to go back to the ships.
Alas, I did not heed their fears.
It would have been better if I had.
We were hungry; so we eat the
cheeses and drank the milk.
Suddenly the cave grew dark.
We looked to see if the sun had set.
But no; it was the giant's great
There he stood in front of the cave.
On his back was a whole forest of

Story of Ulysses. 33
These he threw down with an awful
It made the whole cave shake.
We ran to hide ourselves in the dark
corners of the cave.
He did not see us.
He drove in more herds; then rolled
a great rock up against the door of the
Now we were prisoners. We could
not get out if we would.
So we crouched down in the dark
corners and waited.
This was all we could do.
The giant then went about his work.

34 Story of Ulysses.
He milked the goats.
He prepared rows of cheeses.
He laid aside the creamy milk.
And now his work was done.
Then he built a great fire, and began
to prepare his supper.
The fire lighted up the whole cave.
Even the corners were lighted, and
then the one-eyed giant discovered us.
"Who are you?" he roared.
His voice was like thunder.
"Spa-robbers!" he howled.
"You have come to take the life of

Story of Ulysses.

Look to it that you do not lose your
own instead."
"We are not sea robbers," said I.
"We are the old Greek heroes, and
we are returning from Troy.
"Storms have driven us upon your
"Only give us food; that is all we ask.
Then we shall be glad to go away."
The great giant only roared with
He reached out towards one of my
companions, took him up in his hand,
and dropped him down his great


36 Story of Ulysses.
"A very good morsel!" he said.
"Two of you will make me a fine
"How many are there of you?
How long will you last if I eat two
of you at each meal?"
Then the giant roared again with
His roaring made the cave tremble.
Then he stretched himself out on
the floor of the cave and went to sleep.
"VWe will kill him while he sleeps,"
said one of my companions.
"That will not do," I said, "for how
could we get out of the cave?

Story of Ulysses. 37
No one could roll back the great
rock at the door."

There we lay a
what we could do to
Morning came.
The giant awoke.

11 night
get away.


Story of Ulysses.

Again he milked the goats and pre-
pared his breakfast.
Then, when all was ready, he looked
around at us.
There we were hiding in the corners.
He said not a word.
But again he picked up two of my
men and swallowed them down.
He said nothing, but drove out his
flocks and closed the door upon us.
All day long we sat in the dark
"I see but one wayto save our lives,"
I said to the men.
Then I told them a plan I had, and

Story of Ulysses.

they each one promised to help me.
At night the giant came back.
Again he milked his goats and made
his cheeses.
Again he built his fire and ate his
Nor did he forget to swallow two
more of my little company.
Then I went up to the giant with a
golden goblet of wine.
"Polyphemus," I said, "drink this
wine. It is charmed wine. Our ships
are laden with it.
"Drink it, but promise me you will
let us who are left go back to our land."

Story of Ulysses.

"Who are you?" the giant cried.

"I am No Man," I said; for I did not
mean to tell him who I was."
"Then you shall be rewarded, No
Man," the giant said.
"This is the sweetest wine I ever
"What shall my reward be?" I asked.
"You shall be the very last of your
little company that I will eat," he said.
Then he roared again with laughter.
But the wine had already made him
So he stretched himself out upon
the cavern floor.

Story of Ulysses. 41
We waited till he was sound asleep.
Then we fell upon him to put out
his one eye, so that he could not see us.
"Help, help!" he roared.
"What is the matter?" the other giants
on the island roared back.
"No Man is killing me! No Man is
killing me!" he shouted.
"Keep still, Polyphemus," roared the
giants again.
"If no man is killing you, then why
disturb us in our sleep."
Polyphemus roared and raged.
He groped around for us.
He threw the great door open.

Story of Ulysses.

"Not one of you shall escape!" he
"For I will guard this door forever!"
But we had planned for this.
Already we had tied the goats and
sheeps in threes. Then under these
we crept and clung to their long wool.
When the door had opened, the
flocks had arisen and crowded towards
the door.
There Polyphemus stood, his arms
He touched each one of the flock as
it passed out lest we should escape.
But little did he suspect we were
hidden beneath those very sheep!

Story of Ulysses.

In this way we escaped, and ran
back to our ships.
How glad our companions were to
see us!
They had been afraid some terrible
fate had overtaken us.
"No time for words," I said. "Every
man to his oar! Quick, let us lose
no time!"
Polyphemus heard the noise of the
oars. A terrible roar told of his rage
at our escape.
Blinded, as he was, he could not tell
in which direction we were.
So when he hurled the great door of

Story of Ulysses. 45

his cave to destroy us, it fell harmlessly
into the sea.
So we escaped once more from a
cruel fate.

What will be our next danger? I
wondered. Away we sailed again on
the bright blue sea.




The next day we sailed out across
the sea.
We sailed until we came to a strange
looking island.
It lay in the middle of the sea.
All around it was a wall of shining
No one could break that wall, so
strongly was it built.

48 Story of Ulysses.
On that island King ZEolus dwelt.
iEolus is the keeper of the winds.
With him dwells his six fair
daughters and his six strong sons.
All day long they feast and sing.
Their song echoes out across the sea.
King IAolus was glad to see us.
We rested on his island for four
happy weeks.
All that time we feasted and told
wonderful stories.
To the king I told the story of the
Trojan War.
Then I said, "Good king, we must
set forth again upon our journey."

Story of Ulysses. 49
He was grieved to have us go, but
he did not detain us.
He loaded us with gifts and sent us
One gift was a most strange one.
It was a leather bag.
It was tied with a silver cord.
"I am Wind-Keeper, Ulysses," the
King said to me.
"I can loose the winds and let them
rage over the sea.
"I can let them tear up the trees.
"Or I can bind them fast in this bag
of leather, tied with the silver cord.

50 Story of Ulysses.
"Now, I have put into the bag the
roaring north wind, the biting east
wind, and the rainy south wind.
"The west wind only have I left free.
"For it is the west wind you need to
guide you home.
"Take care of this bag. Do not let
these winds loose; then you will have
a happy homeward journey."
All this he said to me, and we set
On, on we went, till at last we could
see our home in the distance.
We could even see the smoke rising
from the houses.

Story of Ulysses.

We could see the people moving up
and down the shores.
Now, I thought, I can sleep.
We are so near, surely nothing will.
happen to us.
So I stretched myself out to sleep,
for I was very tired.
Nine days and nights I had watched
lest any danger should come to us.
But when I fell asleep, my compan-
ions began to whisper.
"What is in this bag?" said one.
"It may be gold," said another.
"Surely Ulysses guards it like gold.
King AEolus gave it to him.

Story of Ulysses.

He ought to share all his gifts with
"Let us open this bag while he sleeps.
"We will see what is in it.
"If it is gold we will have our share.
"He has no right to keep it from us."

So they


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Then one of them went to the bag
and loosed the silver cord.
Out rushed the North Wind!
Out rushed the East Wind!
Out rushed the South Wind!
In one minute the tempest raged.

Story of Ulysses. 53
The waves leaped and the ocean
The terrible noise awoke me.
I ran to see what had happened.
Alas! alas! our fleet was already
Half our ships were far out at sea.
There was no land anywhere in
We did not know where we were.
There was nothing. we could do.
The winds were raging and we were
at their mercy.
All night long we drifted and tossed.

54 Story of Ulysses.
In the morning we were again before
the brass-willed island.
We went again to the palace of
I tried to tell him my story.
But he was angry.
"Depart! depart!" he thundered.
And never again ask help of me!"
And so he drove us away from his
We went away heavy hearted.
Each man took his place at the oars.
We had no courage.
We knew not which way to go.


For six days and six nights we
At last we came upon a fair coast.
We landed and sent three men to
see what they might find.
They wandered until they came to a
road with cart wheels.
They followed the road for a long

56 Story of Ulysses.
Then they came to a spring.
At the spring sat a beautiful girl.
"Who are you, fair lady?" said my
two men.
"I am the daughter of the king of
this island," she said.
"There is our palace yonder.
"Go there; you will be welcome."
So the men went to the palace.
The queen met them at the gateway
and welcomed them.
But they were afraid of her.
She was as tall as a tree.
She called with a loud voice to the

Story of Ulysses. 57
The king came hurrying.
He was a giant, too.
As soon as he saw the men, he
picked one of them up in his hand.
Then he gave a roar of laughter and
swallowed him whole.
At this the other two men turned
and fled.
Breathless they reached the shore.
We dragged them on ship board.
"Away! away!" they gasped.
We rowed as fast as we could.
The giants were in pursuit.
They came thundering down to the

Story of Ulysses. 59
They tore up great rocks and trees
and threw them at us.
Crash! crash! went our vessels.
The harbor was strewn with our
Only my own vessel was saved.
The men tried to swim to my vessel
for safety.
But the giants pounced upon them
and pulled them to the shore.
Every one of them they swallowed.
Alas! eleven of my twelve vessels
now were lost, and the men devoured
by giants.

6o Story of Ulysses.
Then, before the giants saw us, we
rowed around a cliff out of sight.
We heard the cries of our men, but
we could not help them.
And so we hurried away.
Only one ship! All alone we were

But we were gratified that our lives
had been spared.
Again we sailed out into the open



Soon night fell.
We anchored in a little cave.
For two days we rested here.
Hardly a man spoke, so sad were
On the third day we roused our-
I climbed upon a high cliff to look
around me.

62 Story of Ulysses.
We were on a large island.
I could see blue smoke rising from
the dwellings farther inland.
The forests were thick upon the
We could not see the village.
We knew not the kind of people
that lived in the homes.
But first of all we needed food.
Just then a beautiful deer came
down to the water to drink.
It seemed cruel to harm so beautiful
a creature.
But our men were very hungry.
We must have food.

Story of Ulysses.

So I aimed my spear and the deer

I dragged him down to the vessel
and we feasted.

64 Story of Ulysses.
After our feast we felt more brave.
"Now," said I, "we must explore this
"There is a village further inland; but
we do not know what people live there.
"They may be friends, or they may
be foes."
Then we cast lots to see which
should go, for all were afraid.
We watched those, to whom the lots
fell, as they went.
We watched them till they entered
the dark forest.
Then we sat down and waited.

Story of Ulysses.

No one knew what their fate might
In the dark wood they found a glit-
tering palace.
There were parks around it.
In the parks were many animals.
There were lions and tigers and
soft-eyed stags.
They behaved very strangely for
They were not afraid; but all seemed
glad to see the men.
Even the lion and the tiger came

and licked their hands.

Story of Ulysses.

"These are strange animals," said

the men.

Just then they heard sweet music.
It came from the palace.
Most wonderful music! Surely it
bewitched the men; for they ran
straight to the palace door.
The golden portals rolled back.
The beautiful Circe came forth.
"Welcome," she said, "come and
The men went into the palace.
All but one, and he hid behind a

a great pillar.

Story of Ulysses. 67
He feared something was not right.
Circe was beautiful indeed; but he
felt that she had some trap laid for
That. was why he hid behind the
He wanted to watch and see what
The others all followed Circe to the
banquet hall.
Here the beautiful princess fed them
with wine and honey.
Never was wine so sweet!
Never was honey so rich!







Story of Ulysses. 69
Foolish men! they ate and drank,
and ate and drank, till they could eat
and drink no more.
Then a scowl came over Circe's face.
"Hence, hogs!" she said.
"Gluttons that you are! leave my
banquet hall."
Then she waved her hand. And
behold, every man was changed into a
bristling hog.
Down they went on their four feet.
How they grunted and squealed!
Then Circe threw them some acorns
and drove them away to their pens.

70 Story of Ulysses.
The one man who had hidden waited
all day long.
It was strange the men did not come
He saw the drove of hogs, but knew
not who they were.
At last night came and he ran back
to the ship.
"I know not where my companions
are," he said, "but surely we have seen
the witch, Circe."
We have entered her palace.
And I believe she has bound our
companions with some spell.

Story of Ulysses. 71
"We will go and see," I said.
Let there be no delay."
"0, pray do not go!" my men
Let us away from this cruel
"Shame upon you!" I cried; "will
you leave our comrades here to suffer?
"Watch you here at the ship; I will
go alone to the palace.
"Circe must give back these men."
Then I strode away into the forest.
I reached the palace, and there
stood the beautiful Circe.



Story of Ulysses. 73
She welcomed me as she had wel-
comed my companions.
She invited me into the palace.
Gladly I went.
But I did not fail to see the wicked
light in her eye.
Then, too, I had a power as great as
For when I entered the forest I met
a handsome youth.
He wore a rich mantle, and he
carried a golden wand.
There were wings upon his feet, and
I knew he must be Hermes.

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He brought a message to me.
"I know where you are going and
why you go," he said.
"You will rescue your companions;
but do not expect to find them in the
"They are changed to hogs, and
they live now in their pens outside.
"For Circe holds them under her

Then Hermes

gathered a little

"Take this," he said.

"It, too, is magic.

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"As long as you have this, Circe
cannot harm you.
"When she invites you to her feast,
squeeze out the juice of this upon the
"When she raises her wand, you

raise your sword.
"Then Circe will be frightened.
"She will drop her wand and fall
upon her knees.
"She will beg you to have pity on
"Tell her then to restore your com-

panions to you.

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"Hold her tightly till she promises.
"She will promise then; and she
will keep her promise. You will
So I entered the palace bravely.
First she poured wine for me.
Then she prepared soft meal and
Into this I pressed the juice of the
Circe did not see it.
Then she raised her wand to circle
it around my head.
I sprang to my feet and raised my


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"Drop that wand!" I thundered.
Circe dropped the wand.
Her face grew pale with terror.
She fell upon her knees.
She begged for mercy.
"Not till you restore to me my
comrades," I said.
For a moment she tried to resist me.
But she knew it was useless.
Then she said, "It shall be as you
She led me to the pens where my
comrades dwelt.
At Circe's command, out rushed the

herd towards us.

78 Story of Ulysses.
She raised her wand, and behold, the
bristling hides fell off. The men stood

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They were themselves again.
How grateful they were!
How they wept and thanked me!
Circe herself wept.
Then she bade us go to our ship

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and bring all

banquet hall.

our company

She promised to do us no harm.

Indeed, I knew she could not harm

to her

80 Story of Ulysses.

So we all went to the banquet hall.
We sang and feasted and told the
story of our wanderings.

For a whole year we stayed there, so

happy were we.
Then we thought of our homes

One day I said to Circe, "To-
morrow we must go away. You have

made us most comfortable here and
we have been very happy. Now we

must go away to our homes across the

The tears came into Circe's eyes.

Story of Ulysses. 81
"It grieves me," she said; "but it
must be so.
"But listen, and let me tell you.
"There is much sorrow ahead for
you; I cannot help you, I cannot save
you from it.
"But be brave; for at last you shall
reach your home. Good bye."
Then we left the island of Circe, and
our vessel bounded across the waves.



For days the sea was calm and the
sun was bright.
My companions forgot the warning
of Circe.
"We shall soon reach home," they
But I knew there were troubles
still ahead for us.
One morning we came near the
land of the Sirens.

Story of Ulysses.

Now, the Sirens have charmed
voices, and no one can hear their song
and live.
So I said to my comrades, "You
must seal your ears with wax, that you
may not hear.
"For we are now drawing near to
the island of the Sirens.
"When their song reaches the ears of
man, his heart longs to go to them.
Even though he knows he will die,
he will long to go.
"Therefore, comrades, when the
music reaches my ears, I shall long to


Story of Ulysses.

"So watch me.

"You will know when

I hear the


"You will know by the look in my

"But when I spring up to go,


me and bind me with a rope.
"I shall beg you to let me go, but do

not heed my words.


bind me

Then I filled the ears of my com-
rades with wax.
Each man took his place at the oars.
We rowed on, past the island of the


86 Story of Ulysses.
Soon the music reached my ears.
Such soft music I never heard.
At once a longing came upon me to
see the Sirens.
I motioned my companions to row
towards the shore.
They saw by my face that the spell
was upon me.
They seized me by the arms.
I fought to get free.
But they held me all the stronger.
Then they bound me to the mast.
Shrill and clear the music came out
across the waters.

Story of Ulysses. 87
I beckoned to my comrades to untie
me; but they only bound me the more
Then the Sirens sang of Troy.
They promised to tell me many
things of Troy, if I would only come to
They promised to tell me the fate of
many a lost friend.
"More, more wisdom, O Ulysses,
we promise thee! More, more wisdom!"
How I longed to go!
I tried to free myself.
But my comrades rowed hard and
fast, keeping their eyes on my face.

Story of Ulysses.

By and by, we were beyond the
reach of the music.
I could not hear it now.
Then I grew quiet again.
I was beyond the reach of the charm.
My comrades saw that the danger
was past.
Then they came and unbound me.
Joyfully I unsealed their ears, and
we sailed on for many a day.
Again my companions began to say:
"We shall soon reach home."
But, alas, I knew that many of them
would never reach home.
There were dangers yet ahead.


We were coming

near to


It was more terrible than the Sirens.
I knew that many of us must lose
our lives.
Suddenly we heard a horrible noise.
It was deafening.
It shook the ship.


90 Story of Ulysses.
It roared and thundered.
The waters began to boil and
They hissed and seethed.
They arose in a great mist.
Our hearts turned cold with fear.
The oars fell from the hands of the
They trembled with terror.
The vessel rocked to and fro.
Then I spoke to my comrades.
I said, "0 comrades, be brave.
"A great danger lies before us.
"Pilot, be careful. If you fail we
shall all be lost.

Story of Ulysses.

"We are coming now to a terrible

cliff in the sea.

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"And near by it is an


awful whirl-

"If you steer too near the cliff, we

shall be dashed against it.

Story of Ulysses.

"If you steer too near the whirlpool
it will swallow up our ship.
"So have a care to both."

But my men moved not.


were too frightened.

They were as if

turned to stone.
"0 my comrades!" I cried, "take to
your oars!



you so


"Only be brave, row hard,

oars as

and we

may yet pass in safety.
"Can you not trust your leader?

"Have I not always



aright ?

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"To your oars then, brave men!"
At last the crew took courage.
They seized their oars, and our
vessel ploughed onward.
I did not tell them that a six-headed
serpent dwelt in the cliff.
I did not tell them that she would
try to seize us as we passed under the
I knew all this and waited.
I took my place in the prow, sword
in hand.
I could already see the slippery
sides of the horrible cliff.

Story of Ulysses.

There, high up, lay the serpent,


roared the whirlpool,

We were between the two.

"Closer to the rocks!" I cried, for

we were

falling into the whirling


The pilot heard and obeyed.
Then I heard a cry.

Out hissed the six-headed Scylla.
In one second, six of my comrades

were gone.

"On! on! on!" I shouted.

Story of Ulysses.

The men rowed with all their might.

We had but a minute.


When those

six were


Scylla would thrust out her six heads


Story of Ulysses.

The men pulled,

The sweat stood

out upon their foreheads.
The pilot stood, his eyes staring
straight before.

"Pull! Pull!" I

The men did


"one more

pull. At length we

were beyond the reach of the dreadful
Then we heard her angry cries.
We heard the hoarse, angry howls of
But we were safe.
We pulled out into smooth waters.
We raised our sails, and the tired
oarsmen sank down upon the decks.

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Soon we came upon the shore of the

beautiful island Trinacria.

The shores were sunny, and we

could see fruits and berries.

"O let us land here and rest," my

tired comrades begged.

"No, no," I said, "there is danger


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Story of Ulysses.

"Let us away. Trust to your leader
and believe that I am right."
"Much cause have we to trust thee,"
sneered one of my men.
"See what we have suffered, and how
our men have been slain!"
Then I pitied them and said:
"Let us stop here then for one night
"But promise me one thing.
Let come what will, slay not one of
the fat cattle that dwell upon this
island; promise me."
Then all the men promised, and we
went on shore.

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The men stretched themselves on
the soft grass to sleep.
The cattle lowed. I sat watching.
A storm began to gather.
The face of the moon was hidden.
I could not waken my sleeping com-
rades, for they so needed rest.
By and by, a tempest rose.
I knew we would have to stay on
the island.
Again I made the men promise they
would not slay the cattle.
For four weeks the strong wind

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