"Our ship left the River Ocean
And came to the swell of the open sea
And the Island of Aeaea,
Where Dawn has her dancing grounds
And the Sun his risings. We beached our ship
5On the sand, disembarked, and fell asleep On the shore, waiting for daybreak.
Light blossomed like roses in the eastern sky,
And I sent some men to the house of Circe
To bring back the body of Elpenor.
10We cut wood quickly, and on the headland's point We held a funeral, shedding warm tears.
When the body was burned, and the armor with it,
We heaped up a mound, dragged a stone onto it,
And on the tomb's very top we planted his oar.
While we were busy with these things,
Circe, aware that we had come back
From the Underworld, put on her finest clothes
And came to see us. Her serving women
Brought meat, bread, and bright red wine,
20And the goddess shone with light as she spoke:
'So you went down alive to Hades' house.
Most men die only once, but you twice.
Come, though, eat and drink wine
The whole day through. You sail at dawn.
25I will tell you everything on your route,