1 But in his heart he knew that it had been the goddess.
2 Presently the crew came up, and the goddess spoke encouragingly to each of them.
3 This was the place to which the goddess went when she had given instructions to the girl.
4 She had formerly been a mere mortal, but had been since raised to the rank of a marine goddess.
5 Thus spoke Minerva daughter of Jove, and Telemachus lost no time in doing as the goddess told him.
6 You are always jealous and hate seeing a goddess take a fancy to a mortal man, and live with him in open matrimony.
7 Nestor gave out the gold, and the smith gilded the horns of the heifer that the goddess might have pleasure in their beauty.
8 I wish first and foremost to propitiate the great goddess Minerva, who manifested herself visibly to me during yesterday's festivities.
9 We are speaking god and goddess to one another, and you ask me why I have come here, and I will tell you truly as you would have me do.
10 She went straight to the beautifully decorated bedroom in which there slept a girl who was as lovely as a goddess, Nausicaa, daughter to King Alcinous.
11 Meanwhile the goddess fetched me up four seal skins from the bottom of the sea, all of them just skinned, for she meant playing a trick upon her father.
12 Now goddess," he answered, "there is something behind all this; you cannot be really meaning to help me home when you bid me do such a dreadful thing as put to sea on a raft.
13 When she had thus spoken she led the way rapidly before him, and Ulysses followed in her steps; so the pair, goddess and man, went on and on till they came to Calypso's cave, where Ulysses took the seat that Mercury had just left.
14 It is an island covered with forest, in the very middle of the sea, and a goddess lives there, daughter of the magician Atlas, who looks after the bottom of the ocean, and carries the great columns that keep heaven and earth asunder.
15 We should have run clean out of provisions and my men would have starved, if a goddess had not taken pity upon me and saved me in the person of Idothea, daughter to Proteus, the old man of the sea, for she had taken a great fancy to me.
16 When the child of morning rosy-fingered Dawn appeared, Ulysses put on his shirt and cloak, while the goddess wore a dress of a light gossamer fabric, very fine and graceful, with a beautiful golden girdle about her waist and a veil to cover her head.
17 So now all who escaped death in battle or by shipwreck had got safely home except Ulysses, and he, though he was longing to return to his wife and country, was detained by the goddess Calypso, who had got him into a large cave and wanted to marry him.
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