ODYSSEY 16

Meanwhile, in the hut, Odysseus
And the noble swineherd had kindled a fire
And were making breakfast in the early light.
They had already sent the herdsmen out
With the droves of swine.
The dogs fawned5Around Telemachus and did not bark at him
As he approached. Odysseus noticed
The dogs fawning and heard footsteps.
His words flew fast to Eumaeus:

"Eumaeus, one of your men must be coming,10Or at least someone you know. The dogs aren't barking
And are fawning around him. I can hear his footsteps."

His words weren't out when his own son
Stood in the doorway. Up jumped the swineherd
In amazement, and from his hands fell the vessels15He was using to mix the wine. He went
To greet his master, kissing his head
And his shining eyes and both his hands.

And as a loving father embraces his own son
Come back from a distant land after ten long years, 20His only son, greatly beloved and much sorrowed for—

So did the noble swineherd clasp Telemachus
And kiss him all over—he had escaped from death—
And sobbing he spoke to him these winged words:

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  • Homer - Odyssey *
  • Contents v
  • Introduction xiii
  • Note on the Text lxiv
  • Odyssey 1 1
  • Odyssey 2 *
  • Odyssey 3 28
  • Odyssey 4 44
  • Odyssey 5 70
  • Odyssey 6 85
  • Odyssey 7 95
  • Odyssey 8 106
  • Odyssey 9 125
  • Odyssey 10 141
  • Odyssey 11 158
  • Odyssey 12 178
  • Odyssey 13 192
  • Odyssey 14 206
  • Odyssey 15 222
  • Odyssey 16 240
  • Odyssey 17 256
  • Odyssey 18 276
  • Odyssey 19 290
  • Odyssey 20 309
  • Odyssey 21 322
  • Odyssey 22 336
  • Odyssey 23 353
  • Odyssey 24 365
  • Translator''s Postscript 382
  • Glossary of Names 385
  • Index of Speeches 403
  • Suggestions for Further Reading 412
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