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First I be mindful while Hera drove you mad and also you left your nurses, the mountain nymphs. 5 after which there has been that warfare with the Giants: there I stood, in your correct, masking your flank with my guard. and that i hit Enceladus with my spear sq. at the middle of his safeguard and killed him. Or wait: was once that during a dream? No, by means of Zeus, for I displayed the particular spoils to Bacchus. 10 And now i have to bail opposed to a wilder wave of hassle. For while I heard that Hera had recommended Tyrrhenian pirates to promote you as a slave in another country, I hoisted sail with my sons to look for you. correct at the stern I stood, 15 the tiller in my arms, guidance the send. And my boys strained on the oars, churning white the fairway sea in our look for you, my king! after which we had nearly rounded Cape Malea while an east wind cracked down and drove us right here, 20 to rocky Etna, the place the one-eyed sons of the ocean god, the murderous Cyclopes, dwell of their desolate caves. certainly one of them— they name him Polyphemus—captured us and made us slaves in his condo. So now, 25 rather than dancing within the feasts of Bacchus, we herd the flocks of this godless Cyclops. So now, remote at the mountain slopes, my sons, younger as they're, watch the youngling herd. i'm assigned to stick and fill the troughs 30 and fresh those quarters and play the chef for the godless dinners of this impious Cyclops. And now i need to sweep the cave with this iron rake— those are my orders—to welcome again domestic 35 my absent grasp and his flock of sheep. yet I see my sons shepherding their sheep this manner. (Enter the refrain of satyrs from the part, with their flock of sheep and attendant slaves. ) What? how will you dance like that? Do you think that you’re mustered at Bacchus’ dinner party and swaggering your attractive method with lyre track 40 to the halls of Althaea? (To a ram. ) refrain [singing] STROPHE You there, with the advantageous pedigree on each side, dam and sire, why run for the rocks? Haven’t you the following a quiet breeze, 45 eco-friendly grass for the grazing? glance: the water from the brook swirls via your troughs beside the cave the place your small lambs bleat. MESODE good day, come right here! Now! 50 Won’t you feed at the dewy hill? movement, or I’ll pelt you with stones! In with you, horny-head, circulate alongside into the fold of Shepherd Cyclops! (To a ewe. ) ANTISTROPHE 55 Relieve your swollen teats! Come, suckle your younger whom you left on their own within the lamb pens! Asleep all day, your infant lambs bleat that they wish you. 60 go away your cropping at Etna’s rocks, and are available into the fold! EPODE No Bacchus the following! now not right here the dance, or the ladies whirling the thyrsus, 65 or the timbrels shaken, the place the springs of water rill up! ° now not right here the brilliant drop of wine, and not more at Nysa with nymphs do I sing the track “Iacchus! Iacchus! ” 70 to Aphrodite, she that I used to fly after besides the barefooted Bacchae! pricey lord Bacchius, the place do you run,° 75 unattended now, tossing your auburn hair? For I, your servant, am a wretched slave, 80 tricked out in soiled goatskin serving a one-eyed Cyclops, and out of ways of your love.