Second Son Went Fishing


  1. Matthew speaks to his son prior to the expedition:

    "Next,where the Sirens dwell, you plough the seas;
    Their song is death, and makes destruction please.
    Unblest the man, whom music wins to stay
    Nigh the cursed shore and listen to the lay.
    No more that wretch shall view the joys of life…!"

    Secundus returns with this speech:

    "In flowery meads the sportive Sirens play,
    Touch the soft lyre, and tune the vocal lay;
    Me, me alone, with fetters firmly bound,
    The gods allow to hear the dangerous sound.
    Hear and obey; if freedom I demand,
    Be every fetter strain'd, be added band to band."

    (-The Odyssey, XII (Pope trans.))

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