When Dawn brushed the early sky with rose
Odysseus' son bound on his beautiful sandals
And hefted his spear. He was in a hurry
To get to the city, and he said to his swineherd:
|"I'm off to the town, Eumaeus. My mother||5|
In person. But this is what I want you to do.
Take this down-and-out stranger into the city
So that he can beg for food. Whoever wants to
|Can give him some bread and a cup of water.||10|
I have too much on my mind. If the stranger
Gets upset about this, it's just too bad.
I'm the sort of person who likes to talk straight."
|And Odysseus, his mind teeming, said:||15|
"Friend, don't think I'm eager myself
To be left behind here. For a beggar like me,
It's better to beg for food in the town
Than out in the fields, and whoever wants to
|Can give me something. I'm past the age||20|
Everything some foreman tells me.
You go on. This man here will lead me to town
As soon as I have warmed myself by the fire
|And the sun is higher. These clothes I'm wearing||25|
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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: 256.
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