While Odysseus was praying in the grove,
The strong mules bore Nausicaa to the city.
She pulled up at the gate of her father's palace,
And her brothers, men like gods, crowded around,
Unhitched the mules, and took the clothes inside.
5Nausicaa went to her bedroom, where Eurymedusa, Her waiting-woman, kindled a fire for her.
Eurymedusa had come from Apeire
In the curved ships, long ago, and had been chosen
From the spoils of war for Alcinous,
10Who ruled the Phaeacians as if he were a god. It was this old woman who had reared
White-armed Nausicaa in the palace
And who now prepared her supper on the fire.
As Odysseus started out for the city, 15 Athena enveloped him in magic mist, So that none of the Phaeacians he might meet Along the way would challenge him And ask him who he was.
He was about to enter
The lovely city when the Grey-eyed One
20Came up to him. She looked like a young girl Carrying a pitcher, standing there before him,
And godlike Odysseus questioned her:
"My child, I wonder if you could guide me
To the house of Alcinous, the man
25Who is lord of this people? I am a traveler