Thursday, July 05, 2018


By the Sea

Homer, Odyssey 5.156-158 (tr. A.T. Murray, rev. George E. Dimock):
But by day he would sit on the rocks and the sands,
racking his heart with tears and groans and griefs,
and he would look out over the unresting sea, shedding tears.

ἤματα δ᾿ ἂμ πέτρῃσι καὶ ἠιόνεσσι καθίζων
δάκρυσι καὶ στοναχῇσι καὶ ἄλγεσι θυμὸν ἐρέχθων
πόντον ἐπ᾿ ἀτρύγετον δερκέσκετο δάκρυα λείβων.
W.B. Stanford, commentary ad loc. (p. 298):
O. haunted the lonely sea-shore not for any Byronic sentiments but, like any ship-wrecked mariner, in the hopes of sighting a ship.

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