Dawn spread her roselight over the sky,
And Alcinous awoke in all his sacred might,
As did Zeus-born Odysseus, sacker of cities.
Alcinous led the way to the Phaeacian assembly,
Which was built near the harbor. The Phaeacians
5Filed in and sat on the polished stones Close by each other, and Pallas Athena,
Disguised as Alcinous' herald, went through the city
To lay the groundwork for Odysseus' trip home,
Going up to each man and saying to him:
"Gather round, Phaeacian leaders and counselors,
And go to the assembly to learn of the stranger
Who has just arrived at Alcinous' palace,
Driven over the sea, a man like a god."
This got their attention, and the seats
15In the assembly filled up quickly with men Who marveled at the sight of Laertes' son,
For Athena poured on his shoulders and head
A shimmering grace and made him taller
And more heavily muscled, so that he would be
20Welcomed by the Phaeacians as a man to respect, And so he would be able to accomplish the feats
The Phaeacians would use to test his mettle.
When the men were all gathered, Alcinous spoke:
"Hear me, Phaeacian lords and counselors,
25So I may speak what is in my heart.