Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story
  of that man skilled in all ways of contending,
  the wanderer, harried for years on end,
  after he plundered the stronghold
  on the proud height of Troy.

  He saw the townlands
  and learned the minds of many distant men,
  and weathered many bitter nights and days
  in his deep heart at sea, while he fought only
  to save his life, to bring his shipmates home.

        Homer The Odyssey (Robert Fitzgerald)