The sun rose from the still, beautiful water
Into the bronze sky, to shine upon the gods
And upon men who die on the life-giving earth.
The ship came to Pylos, Nestor's great city.
Onshore, black bulls were being sacrificed
5To the blue-maned Lord of the Sea. Nine companies of five hundred men
Were each assigned nine bulls for sacrifice.
They had just tasted the innards and were burning
The thigh pieces for the god when the ship
10Pulled in to shore. The crew furled the sail, Moored the vessel and disembarked.
Telemachus stepped off the ship behind Athena,
And the goddess, eyes glinting, said to him:
"There's no need to feel embarrassed, Telemachus,
15Not at all. This is why you have sailed the sea— To get news of your father, to find out his fate
And where the earth conceals him. Come on, now,
Go straight up to Nestor. Let's see what he knows.
Ask him yourself, so he'll tell you the truth.
20Not that he would lie. He's very wise."
And Telemachus, taking in a breath:
"How should I go up to him, Mentor,
And what should I say? I'm not used
To making clever speeches. And besides,