1 Your discretion, my friend," answered Menelaus, "is beyond your years.
2 Therefore, my dear young friend, I returned without hearing anything about the others.
3 To which Ulysses answered, "Good luck to you too my friend, and may the gods grant you every happiness."
4 But do you, old friend Eumaeus, go at once and tell Penelope that I am safe and have returned from Pylos.
5 Ulysses was glad when he found he had a friend among the lookers-on, so he began to speak more pleasantly.
6 Therefore Telemachus is much the dearest friend I have, and has nothing to fear from the hands of us suitors.
7 My friend," said he, "I see that you are going to be a great hero some day, since the gods wait upon you thus while you are still so young.
8 Bless my heart," replied Menelaus, "then I am receiving a visit from the son of a very dear friend, who suffered much hardship for my sake.
9 As for your voyage, it shall not be long delayed; your father was such an old friend of mine that I will find you a ship, and will come with you myself.
10 My friend," said he, "you are the first person whom I have met with in this country; I salute you, therefore, and beg you to be well disposed towards me.
11 Old friend," said he to the swineherd, "I will now go to the town and show myself to my mother, for she will never leave off grieving till she has seen me.
12 My friend," said Nestor, "now that you remind me, I remember to have heard that your mother has many suitors, who are ill disposed towards you and are making havoc of your estate.
13 My friend," replied Ulysses, "you are very positive, and very hard of belief about your master's coming home again, nevertheless I will not merely say, but will swear, that he is coming.
14 Offer a prayer, sir," said he, "to King Neptune, for it is his feast that you are joining; when you have duly prayed and made your drink offering, pass the cup to your friend that he may do so also.
15 My good friend," answered Jove, "I should recommend you at the very moment when the people from the city are watching the ship on her way, to turn it into a rock near the land and looking like a ship.
16 My friend," answered Nestor, "you recall a time of much sorrow to my mind, for the brave Achaeans suffered much both at sea, while privateering under Achilles, and when fighting before the great city of king Priam.
17 If anyone wants to have a bout with me let him come on, for I am exceedingly angry; I will box, wrestle, or run, I do not care what it is, with any man of you all except Laodamas, but not with him because I am his guest, and one cannot compete with one's own personal friend.
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