Odysseus finished his story,
And they were all spellbound, hushed
To silence throughout the shadowy hall,
Until Alcinous found his voice and said:
|"Odysseus, now that you have come to my house,||5|
You will be blown off course again
Before reaching home.
Hear now my command,
All who drink the glowing wine of Elders
|Daily in my halls and hear the harper sing:||10|
Along with richly wrought gold and all the other gifts
The Phaeacian lords have brought to the palace.
But now each man of us gives him a cauldron, too.
|We will recoup ourselves later with a general tax.||15|
They were all pleased with what Alcinous said.
Each man went to his own house to sleep,
And when Dawn's rosy fingers appeared in the sky
|They hurried to the ship with their gifts of bronze.||20|
And stowed them away beneath the benches
Where they would not hinder the rowers' efforts.
Then they all went back to feast in the palace.
|In their honor Alcinous sacrificed an ox||25|