Tales for the longest nights


“Stranger,” replied Eumaeus, “as regards your question: sit still, make yourself comfortable, drink your wine, and listen to me. The nights are now at their longest; there is plenty of time both for sleeping and sitting up talking together; you ought not to go to bed till bed time, too much sleep is as bad as too little.

Translated by Samuel Butler, The Odyssey, London & New York: Longmans, Green, and Co, 1900.
Illustration inspired by a Native American design.