1.Acrisius, King of Argos, came home from Delphi with a heavy heart, for he had
received a dreadful oracle.
2.When afterwards a son was born to
Danae, she hid him from her father’s sight.
3. Danae lulled her child with song,
and he slept.
4.It happened that a fisherman, Dictys by
name, saw the chest bobbing on the waves close to
5.He dragged the box to land and opened it.
When he beheld the pitiful mother with the helpless
little child, his heart was moved.
6. So it was not strange that King Polydectes, who
was Dictys’ Brother, fell in love with her and made her his wife.
7. But the King hated the
youth-just because Danae doted on him-and sought some way to get rid of him.
8.Hermes and was overjoyed when the god said:
9.And one day, as lovely Danae sat sadly looking up at the passing
clouds, Zeus beheld the maiden.
10. Danae’s son knew what to do. He left the god and crept quietly towards them, waited till one had taken the eye from her forehead, and snatched it away as she passed it to her sister.