The Odyssey

What does lines 679-685 in The Sirens interprete?

But soon an offshore breeze blew to our liking—

680 a canvas-bellying breeze, a lusty shipmate

sent by the singing nymph with sunbright hair.

So we made fast the braces, and we rested,

letting the wind and steersman work the ship.

The crew being now silent before me, I

685 addressed them, sore at heart

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A breeze came up that they sailors liked; the breeze bulged out the sails (canvas) much like ones bellies would bulge. The oarsmen rested; they let the wind and man steering the boat do all the work. The crew became silent and Odysseus spoke to the men, although he was sad in his heart.