Scene 13: Plowing The Field
Scene 13: Plowing The Field
Hephaistos put next a freshly plowed field with many plowmen upon it.
One guided his ox-team with care through the turn as he reached the wide field's limit,
and there, awaiting the hard-working man, was his friend with a sweet cup of wine.
Back along the deep furrows they drove their beasts, eager to have the work finished,
and the turned-up sod seemed black behind them, although in truth it was gold.
For this was the fame of the Master Smith's craft: his handiwork looked real.

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Scene 14: Harvesting The Grain
Scene 14: Harvesting The Grain
He also placed there a wealthy king's field where men swung razor-sharp scythes,
for here was pictured the mowing of grain, and harvesters bent to their tasks.
Golden stalks were falling along the way and binders tied them in sheaves.
Three binders he pictured, and children gleaning, offering handfuls of wheat.
Upon a newly-mown swath stood the king, staff in hand and full of contentment,
while under an oak tree, off to one side, his men prepared a great feast.
Sacrificing an ox, they slaughtered the beast while women winnowed barley for a meal.

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Scene 15: Gathering The Grapes
Scene 15: Gathering The Grapes
A vineyard in gold he next created, with vines hung heavy with grapes;
yet the hanging clusters appeared deep purple and draped on silver supports.
The encircling channel appeared clear blue, and the fence around this was tin;
and there was only one way out for the vintagers with their harvest.
Here were children with well-woven baskets loaded with honey-sweet fruit;
on a rustic lyre a youth sang sweetly a delicate song of Linos,
while others sang out in unrestrained joy, keeping time as they skipped together.

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Scene 16: Herding The Cattle To Pasture
Scene 16: Herding The Cattle To Pasture
A herd of oxen he next placed there, with gold bodies and straight horns of tin.
From stable to pasture they lowed and shambled, alongside a rippling river
with swaying reeds and a sweet murmuring rising up from the bubbling water.
Four golden cowherds followed slowly behind, with nine nimble dogs beside them.

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Scene 17: Lion Attack
Scene 17: Lion Attack
Then a pair of lions charged a bull: In two huge bounds assaulted,
then dragged him off as he bellowed in fear, as the dogs and men pursued.
The herdsmen commanded their hunting dogs as the lions tore into the bull,
but they were no match for lion's teeth, and they raced back and forth, merely barking.

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Scene 18: Valley Of Sheep
Scene 18: Valley Of Sheep
The Bandy-legged god put next on the shield a wide valley with silvery sheep,
a beautiful pasture with huts and sheds, and tidy sheepfolds fashioned.

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Scene 19: Circle-Dancing
Scene 19: Circle-Dancing
He fashioned there, also, a wide dancing floor, like the one in Knossos' palace
that Daidalos made for King Minos' daughter, the beautiful Ariadne.
Young men he pictured with upper class girls, all dancing there, hand in hand.
The girls were dressed in the softest of linen, with wreaths woven for their hair;
the men wore tunics gleaming with oil, and gold daggers on silver chains.
They danced in a circle, always in step, as a potter gives a spin
to a pot he is making, to see how it runs as it turns upon his wheel.

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Scene 20: Line-Dancing
Scene 20: Line-Dancing
And also in lines, they appeared as in ranks, and advanced upon each other.

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Scene 21: Acrobats Join The Action
Scene 21: Acrobats Join The Action
Then with effortless spins and dexterous handsprings, two tumblers joined the action,
and the wide-eyed company cheered and laughed at their comical acrobatics.

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Scene 22: The Mighty Ocean Current
Scene 22:  The Mighty Ocean Current
Lastly, encircling the solid shield's rim, power fiercely shone
in wave after wave, as Hephaistos made the mighty ocean current.

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