1977

NATIVE NEW YORKER * ODYSSEY * RCA 1129 * UK

A great song which became so popular that it obscured its true Soulful aspect. Odyssey was formed in 1968 as the Lopez Sisters. 

TELL ME, O MUSE, of that ingenious hero who traveled far and wide after he had sacked the famous town of Troy. Many cities did he visit, and many were the nations with whose manners and customs he was acquainted; moreover he suffered much by sea while trying to save his own life and bring his men safely home; but do what he might he could not save his men, for they perished through their own sheer folly in eating the cattle of the Sun-god Hyperion; so the god prevented them from ever reaching home. Tell me, too, about all these things, O daughter of Jove, from whatsoever source you may know them. 

The First book of  the Odyssey by Homer, translated by Samuel Butler.

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THE man, O Muse, inform, that many a way

Wound with his wisdom to his wished stay; 

That wandered wondrous far, when he the town 

Of sacred Troy had sack'd and shivered down;

The cities of a world of nations,

With all their manners, minds, and fashions,

He saw and knew; at sea felt many woes,

Much care sustained, to save from overthrows

Himself and friends in their retreat for home;

But so their fates he could not overcome,

Though much he thirsted it. O men unwise,

They perish'd by their own impieties,

That in their hunger's rapine would not shun

The oxen of the lofty-going Sun,

Who therefore from their eyes the day bereft

Of safe return. These acts, in some part left,

Tell us, as others, deified Seed of Jove.

The First book of The Odysseys of Homer Chapman, George,  (1559?1634).  

Odysseus is one of the first Greek mythic heroes renowned for his brain as well as his muscle. He is a man with an inquiring mind, and he is also a man with outstanding prowess and bravery. Odysseus often hesitates before acting, because he uses his reason and gift to evaluate things. This patience is one of his most important additional attributes. As great as he was, Odysseus still had some weaknesses that prolonged his voyage back to Ithaca. His most important weakness that he possess is that of his pride. Pride is good to have, but in Odysseus' case he had to much of it. Yet another weakness of our hero is his sensualness; Odysseus enjoys women. 


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