1 She is only a woman, whereas you are an immortal.
2 There is an old immortal who lives under the sea hereabouts and whose name is Proteus.
3 They say he has reigned for three generations so that it is like talking to an immortal.
4 Close to her seat stands that of my father, on which he sits and topes like an immortal god.
5 Thence we went on to the Aeolian island where lives Aeolus son of Hippotas, dear to the immortal gods.
6 Heaven and the immortal gods," he exclaimed, "forbid that you should leave my house to go on board of a ship.
7 He bound his sandals on to his comely feet, girded his sword about his shoulder, and left his room looking like an immortal god.
8 I have nothing of the immortal about me, neither in body nor mind, and most resemble those among you who are the most afflicted.
9 He bound his sandals on to his comely feet, girded his sword about his shoulders, and left his room looking like an immortal god.
10 The immortal gods burst out laughing as they heard him, but Neptune took it all seriously, and kept on imploring Vulcan to set Mars free again.
11 Here the Graces bathed her, and anointed her with oil of ambrosia such as the immortal gods make use of, and they clothed her in raiment of the most enchanting beauty.
12 She took me in and treated me with the utmost kindness; indeed she wanted to make me immortal that I might never grow old, but she could not persuade me to let her do so.
13 After him I saw mighty Hercules, but it was his phantom only, for he is feasting ever with the immortal gods, and has lovely Hebe to wife, who is daughter of Jove and Juno.
14 Then they made all fast throughout the ship, filled the mixing bowls to the brim, and made drink offerings to the immortal gods that are from everlasting, but more particularly to the grey-eyed daughter of Jove.
15 On either side there stood gold and silver mastiffs which Vulcan, with his consummate skill, had fashioned expressly to keep watch over the palace of king Alcinous; so they were immortal and could never grow old.
16 I got fond of him and cherished him, and had set my heart on making him immortal, so that he should never grow old all his days; still I cannot cross Jove, nor bring his counsels to nothing; therefore, if he insists upon it, let the man go beyond the seas again; but I cannot send him anywhere myself for I have neither ships nor men who can take him.
17 '"Then,' he said, 'if you would finish your voyage and get home quickly, you must offer sacrifices to Jove and to the rest of the gods before embarking; for it is decreed that you shall not get back to your friends, and to your own house, till you have returned to the heaven-fed stream of Egypt, and offered holy hecatombs to the immortal gods that reign in heaven.'
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