Beckoned by the Black Hand of Death

Homer, The Iliad. Trans. E. V. Rieu, (New York: Penguin Books, 1950), XI.320-330:

A chariot and two chieftains fell to them instantly. They were sons of Merops of Percote, the ablest prophet of his day. He had forbidden his sons to go off to war and throw away their lives. But these two, beckoned by the black hand of Death, had disobeyed him. And now the famous spearman Diomedes son of Tydeus took their life and spoiled them of their glorious arms, while Odysseus Killed and stripped Hippodamus and Hypeirochus.

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