Pallas Athena now went to wide Lacedaemon
To tell Odysseus' son it was time to return.
She found Telemachus and Nestor's noble son
On the porch of Menelaus' palace.
Nestor's son was sleeping, but Telemachus
5Had been lying awake all through the night Thinking about his father. Athena,
Her eyes flashing in the dark, said to him:
"Telemachus, you've been away too long.
Think of the wealth you left behind at home
10And all those insolent men ready to devour it. Your journey will have been for nothing.
Hurry, now, and rouse Menelaus
To send you on your way, so you can find
Your blameless mother still at home.
15Her father and brothers are pressuring her To marry Eurymachus, because of all the suitors
He gives the best presents, and now has
Stepped up his wooing. You have to watch out
She doesn't carry off all your treasure.
20You know what a woman's heart is like. She wants to enrich the house of the one who weds her,
Never mind about her former children
And the husband she once loved. Once he's dead,
She doesn't give any of them a thought.
25No, you go, and put all your possessions In the keeping of the best maidservant in the house,
Until the gods show you your honored bride.