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    say fair Nausicaä
    what seest thou on the strand ?
    a mermaid's purse
    the lanthorn of Aristotle
    or wormy timber
    shorn from shattered rame ?
    what curiosity draws
    thy glaucous orb
    and distracts thee
    from thy game of catch
    with smiling Dorcas
    and the lissom baebes ?
    A salt-wracked creature
    Stirring feebly amid
    The tattered kelp
    His blistered lips
    Beseech thee mutely
    For the benison
    Of old cold water
    And rough spelt bread
    Is this wretch some
    Storm-freak'd oarsman
    Unshackled from a life of pain ?
    A Syrian merchant tossed
    By pirates from a proud galera
    To negotiate the wine dark dazzle
    In the company of dolphins ?
    'Tis the wanderer Odysseus
    Swept to thy Phaeacian strand
    Where his crusty nakedness
    Affronteth thee not;
    Thy lithe companions clothe him
    In raiment fair;
    His horrid locks are trimm'd
    And weary limbs are oiled
    By trembling maidens' hands
    Before he seeks
    The safety of thy father's walls;
    Wise Arete thy mother
    And great Alkinous thy sire
    Welcome the stranger
    To their hearth
    And thou pourest a lustrum
    To proud Apollo
    For sparing him;
    An offering of two larks
    To the foam born
    Doth ensure that
    Thy nubility will not
    Be mispriz'd











 
 
 
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