Dawn's pale rose fingers brushed across the sky,
And Odysseus' son got out of bed and dressed.
He slung his sharp sword around his shoulder,
Then tied oiled leather sandals onto his feet,
And walked out of the bedroom like a god.
5Wasting no time, he ordered the heralds To call an assembly. The heralds' cries
Rang out through the town, and the men
Gathered quickly, their long hair streaming.
Telemachus strode along carrying a spear
10And accompanied by two lean hounds. Athena shed a silver grace upon him,
And everyone marveled at him as he entered.
The elders made way as he took his father's seat.
First to speak was the hero Aegyptius,
15A man bowed with age and wise beyond telling. His son, Antiphus, had gone off to Troy
In the ships with Odysseus (and was killed
In the cave of the Cyclops, who made of him
His last savage meal). Of three remaining sons,
20One, Eurynomus, ran with the suitors, And the other two kept their father's farm.
But Aegyptius couldn't stop mourning the one that was lost
And was weeping for him as he spoke out now:
"Hear me now, men of Ithaca.
25We have never once held assembly or sat In council since Odysseus left.