Pallas Athena now went to wide Lacedaemon
To tell Odysseus' son it was time to return.
She found Telemachus and Nestor's noble son
On the porch of Menelaus' palace.
|Nestor's son was sleeping, but Telemachus||5|
Thinking about his father. Athena,
Her eyes flashing in the dark, said to him:
"Telemachus, you've been away too long.
|Think of the wealth you left behind at home||10|
Your journey will have been for nothing.
Hurry, now, and rouse Menelaus
To send you on your way, so you can find
|Your blameless mother still at home.||15|
To marry Eurymachus, because of all the suitors
He gives the best presents, and now has
Stepped up his wooing. You have to watch out
|She doesn't carry off all your treasure.||20|
She wants to enrich the house of the one who weds her,
Never mind about her former children
And the husband she once loved. Once he's dead,
|She doesn't give any of them a thought.||25|
In the keeping of the best maidservant in the house,
Until the gods show you your honored bride.
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Publication information: Book title: Odyssey. Contributors: Homer - Author, Stanley Lombardo - Translator. Publisher: Hackett Publishing. Place of publication: Indianapolis. Publication year: 2000. Page number: 222.
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