7 When she saw that the Muses of poetry were present by my couch giving words to my lamenting, she was stirred a while; her eyes flashed fiercely, 8 and said she, `Who has suffered these seducing mummers to approach this sick man? Never do they support those in sorrow by any healing remedies, but rather do ever foster the sorrow by poisonous sweets. 9 These are they who stifle the fruit-bearing harvest of reason with the barren briars of the passions: they free not the minds of men from disease, but accustom them thereto. 10 I would think it less grievous if your allurements drew away from me some uninitiated man, as happens in the vulgar herd. In such a one my labours would be naught harmed, but this man has been nourished in the lore of Eleatics and Academics; and to him have ye reached? 11 Away with you, Sirens, seductive unto destruction! leave him to my Muses to be cared for and to be healed.' 12 Their band thus rated cast a saddened glance upon the ground, confessing their shame in blushes, and passed forth dismally over the threshold. 13 For my part, my eyes were dimmed with tears, and I could not discern who was this woman of such commanding power. I was amazed, and turning my eyes to the ground I began in silence to await what she should do. 14 Then she approached nearer and sat down upon the end of my couch: she looked into my face heavy with grief and cast down by sorrow to the ground, and then she raised her complaint over the trouble of my mind in these words.