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were not aware that now they all were snared,
that death cords lashed them fast.
[τὸ δὲ νήπιοι οὐκ ἐνόησαν,
ὡς δή σφιν καὶ πᾶσιν ὀλέθρου πείρατ᾽ ἐφῆπτο.]
The Odyssey [Ὀδύσσεια], Book 22, l. 32ff (c. 700 BC) [tr. Mandelbaum (1990)]
(Source (Greek)). Alternate translations:
O fools, to think
That all their rest had any cup to drink
But what their great Antinous began!
[tr. Chapman (1616)]
For, proud and foolish, they perceived not
The fatal hour was to them all arriv’d.
[tr. Hobbes (1675), l. 27ff]
Blind as they were: for death e'en now invades
His destined prey, and wraps them all in shades.
[tr. Pope (1725)]
Th’ infatuate men fate hov’ring o’er them all.
[tr. Cowper (1792), ll. 34-35]
How fatal and how nigh
Death's snares were set, they foolish never knew!
[tr. Worsley (1861), st. 5]
Yet this the fools knew not
That now them all the goal of death was touching!
[tr. Bigge-Wither (1869)]
Who felt not in that hour that one and all
Upon the verge of their own ruin stood!
[tr. Musgrave (1869), l. 54ff]
But they knew not in their folly that on their own heads, each and all of them, the bands of death had been made fast.
[tr. Butcher/Lang (1879)]
And they had no understanding, fools as they were, and vain,
That to all the end of the Death-doom was hard upon them now.
[tr. Morris (1887), ll. 32-33]
They foolishly did not see that for them one and all destruction's cords were knotted.
[tr. Palmer (1891)]
And did not perceive that death was hanging over the head of every one of them.
[tr. Butler (1898)]
In their folly they knew not this, that over themselves one and all the cords of destruction had been made fast.
[tr. Murray (1919)]
... their infatuation hiding from them the toils of death that enlaced each and every one.
[tr. Lawrence (1932)]
It had not dawned upon the fools that every one of them was marked for slaughter too.
[tr. Rieu (1946)]
Fools, not to comprehend
they were already in the grip of death.
[tr. Fitzgerald (1961)]
They had not yet realized
how over all of them the terms of death were now hanging.
[tr. Lattimore (1965)]
The fools did not perceive
That already the bond of destruction were fastened on them all.
[tr. Cook (1967)]
Poor fools, blind to the fact
that all their necks were in the noose, their doom sealed.
[tr. Fagles (1996)]
And had no idea of how tightly the net
Had been drawn around them.
[tr. Lombardo (2000)]
And the poor fools never suspected how on all of the suitors the grim death bindings were fastened.
[tr. Merrill (2002)]
It had not dawned upon the fools that the fate of all of them was sealed.
[tr. DCH Rieu (2002)]
Fools, who did not understand that on every one of them death's ropes were now fastened tight.
[tr. Verity (2016)]
Those poor fools did not know [...] that the snares of death were round them all.
[tr. Wilson (2017)]
Poor fools, they had no notion that over them all the bonds of destruction were set.
[tr. Green (2018)]
In their folly,
they did not understand that they were now enmeshed
in destruction’s net.
[tr. Johnston (2019), ll. 39-41]
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