1 Here at last Ulysses' knees and strong hands failed him, for the sea had completely broken him.
2 Never mind him, but go up to my mother, and lay your hands upon her knees if you would get home quickly.
3 Protect these my goods, and myself too, for I embrace your knees and pray to you as though you were a god.
4 Leiodes then caught the knees of Ulysses and said, "Ulysses I beseech you have mercy upon me and spare me."
5 I, however, after I had got into bed with Circe, besought her by her knees, and the goddess listened to what I had got to say.
6 With this he caught hold of a footstool, but Ulysses sought protection at the knees of Amphinomus of Dulichium, for he was afraid.
7 I dare not clasp your knees, but I am in great distress; yesterday made the twentieth day that I had been tossing about upon the sea.
8 Her aged knees became young again and her feet were nimble for joy as she went up to her mistress and bent over her head to speak to her.
9 Any one who has lost his way has at all times a claim even upon the gods, wherefore in my distress I draw near to your stream, and cling to the knees of your riverhood.
10 In the end he deemed it best to entreat her from a distance in case the girl should take offence at his coming near enough to clasp her knees, so he addressed her in honeyed and persuasive language.
11 Therefore, I am suppliant at your knees if haply you may tell me about my father's melancholy end, whether you saw it with your own eyes, or heard it from some other traveller; for he was a man born to trouble.
12 Therefore I am suppliant at your knees, if haply you may be pleased to tell me of his melancholy end, whether you saw it with your own eyes, or heard it from some other traveller, for he was a man born to trouble.
13 Ulysses was the first to raise his spear and try to drive it into the brute, but the boar was too quick for him, and charged him sideways, ripping him above the knee with a gash that tore deep though it did not reach the bone.
14 Medon caught these words of Telemachus, for he was crouching under a seat beneath which he had hidden by covering himself up with a freshly flayed heifer's hide, so he threw off the hide, went up to Telemachus, and laid hold of his knees.
15 She stood right in front of Ulysses, and he doubted whether he should go up to her, throw himself at her feet, and embrace her knees as a suppliant, or stay where he was and entreat her to give him some clothes and show him the way to the town.
16 She sat down with it on her knees, weeping bitterly as she took the bow out of its case, and when her tears had relieved her, she went to the cloister where the suitors were, carrying the bow and the quiver, with the many deadly arrows that were inside it.
17 He did not know whether to fly out of the cloister and sit down by the altar of Jove that was in the outer court, and on which both Laertes and Ulysses had offered up the thigh bones of many an ox, or whether to go straight up to Ulysses and embrace his knees, but in the end he deemed it best to embrace Ulysses' knees.
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