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Here by the stream, if I the night outwear,
And in thick shelter of innumerous boughs
Enjoy the comfort gentle sleep allows;
Though fenc'd from cold, and though my toil be pass'd,
What savage beasts may wander in the waste?
Wav'd high, and frown'd upon the stream below.
Remote from neighbours in a forest wide,
Hid in dry foliage thus Ulysses lies,
PALLAS appearing in a dream to Nausicaa (the daughter of Alcinous king of Phæacia) commands her to descend to the river, and wash the robes of state, in preparation to her nuptials. Nausicaa goes with her handmaids to the river; where, while the garments are spread on the bank, they divert them. selves in sports. Their voices awake Ulysses, who, addressing himself to the princess, is by her relieved and clothed, and receives directions in what manner to apply to the king and queen of the island.
WHILE thus the weary wanderer sunk to rest,
Then great Nausithous from Hyperia far,
To his high palace through the fields of air