So Odysseus was left alone in the hall,
Planning death for the suitors with Athena's aid.
He spoke winged words to Telemachus:
"Telemachus, get all the weapons out of the hall.
|When the suitors miss them and ask you||5|
'Oh, I have stored them out of the smoke.
They're nothing like they were when Odysseus
Went off to Troy, but are all grimed with soot.
|Also, a god put this thought into my head,||10|
Start quarreling and someone could get hurt,
Which would ruin your feasting and courting.
Steel has a way of drawing a man to it."'
|Thus Odysseus. Telemachus nodded,||15|
"Nurse, shut the women inside their rooms
While I put my father's weapons away,
The beautiful weapons left out in the hall
|And dulled by the smoke since he went off to war.||20|
To store them away, safe from the smoke."
And Eurycleia, his old nurse, said:
"Yes, child, you are right
|To care for the house and guard its wealth.||25|