Homer: Your Blood Is My Demand

“All, all the treasure that enrich’d our throne
Before your rapines, join’d with all your own,
If offer’d, vainly should for mercy call;
‘Tis you the offer, and I scorn them all;
Your blood is my demand, your lives the prize,
Till pale a yonder wretch each suitor lies.
Hence with those coward terms; or fight or fly;
This choice is left you, to resist or die:
And die I trust ye shall.”

– Homer, The Odyssey

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