En 10a Ulysus
10. On the Eastern Wall of Fryasburg
10a. Ulysus’ Quest for a Lamp, ca. 1190 BCE
[075/08] In the year one thousand and five after Aldland sank, this was inscribed on the eastern wall of Fryasburg:
When twelve years had passed since we had last seen any Greeks at Almanland, three ships arrived, more elegant than any that we ourselves had or had ever seen before. Upon the largest thereof was a king of Jon’s Islands. His name was Ulysus, and his wisdom was of great renown. It had been foretold to this king by a priestess that he would become king over all the Greeklands if he were able to get hold of a Lamp that was lighted from the one at Texland. To acquire this, he had brought many treasures, above all jewelry for maidens, more beautiful than any in the world. It came from Troy, a city that the Greeks had conquered. All these treasures were offered to the mother, but she had no interest in them at all. When at last he saw that she could not be persuaded, he went to Walhallagara.  There, a maid had her seat. Her name was Kate, though she was commonly called Kalip, because her lower lip stuck out like a lookout platform. He lingered there with her for years, to the annoyance of all who knew it. According to the maidens, he eventually received a Lamp from her, though he never saw benefit from it, for, when he set sail, his ship was wrecked and he was taken aboard by the other ships, naked and bare.
From this king, a scribe of pure Frya’s blood remained here, born at the new port of Athenia. And what is hereunder told, he wrote for us about Athenia. From it, we may conclude just how truely the mother Hellight spoke when she said that Frya’s morals could not prevail in Athenia.
[p.105 cont.] In the Year One Thousand and Five after Atland was submerged, this was inscribed on the Eastern Wall of Fryasburgt.
After twelve years had elapsed without our seeing any Italians in Almanland, there came three ships, finer than any that we possessed or had ever seen.
On the largest of them was a king of the Jonischen Islands whose name was Ulysses, the fame of whose wisdom was great. To him a priestess had prophesied that he should become the king of all Italy provided he could obtain a lamp that had been lighted at the lamp in Tex-land. For this purpose he had brought great treasures with him, above all, jewels for women more beautiful than had ever been seen before. They were from Troy, a town that the Greeks had taken. All these treasures he offered to the mother, but the mother would have nothing to do with them. At last, when he found that there was nothing to be got from her, he went to Walhallagara (Walcheren). There there was established a Burgtmaagd whose name was Kaat, [p.107] but who was commonly called Kalip, because her lower lip stuck out like a mast-head. Here he tarried for years, to the scandal of all that knew it. According to the report of the maidens, he obtained a lamp from her; but it did him no good, because when he got to sea his ship was lost, and he was taken up naked and destitute by another ship. There was left behind by this king a writer of pure Frya's blood, born in the new harbour of Athens, who wrote for us what follows about Athens, from which may be seen how truly the mother Hei-licht spoke when she said that the customs of Frya could never take firm hold in Athens.
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