1 I am too old to care about remaining here at the beck and call of a master.
2 But now he has fallen on evil times, for his master is dead and gone, and the women take no care of him.
3 Do not keep on reminding me of all this; it always pains me when any one speaks about my honoured master.
4 Eumaeus sprang to his feet, and the bowls in which he was mixing wine fell from his hands, as he made towards his master.
5 With this he left them to come on at their leisure, while he went quickly forward and soon reached the house of his master.
6 As soon as he saw Ulysses standing there, he dropped his ears and wagged his tail, but he could not get close up to his master.
7 Every one in that country, whether master or man, has plenty of cheese, meat, and good milk, for the ewes yield all the year round.
8 As he spoke he went inside the buildings to the cloister where the suitors were, but Argos died as soon as he had recognised his master.
9 They have no laws nor assemblies of the people, but live in caves on the tops of high mountains; each is lord and master in his family, and they take no account of their neighbours.
10 But the swineherd did not like sleeping away from his pigs, so he got ready to go outside, and Ulysses was glad to see that he looked after his property during his master's absence.
11 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.
12 If my master had grown old here he would have done great things by me, but he is gone, and I wish that Helen's whole race were utterly destroyed, for she has been the death of many a good man.
13 Mesaulius brought them their bread; the swineherd had brought this man on his own account from among the Taphians during his master's absence, and had paid for him with his own money without saying anything either to his mistress or Laertes.
14 Then Eurymachus, son of Polybus, answered, "It rests with heaven to decide who shall be chief among us, but you shall be master in your own house and over your own possessions; no one while there is a man in Ithaca shall do you violence nor rob you."
15 The two then started, leaving the station in charge of the dogs and herdsmen who remained behind; the swineherd led the way and his master followed after, looking like some broken down old tramp as he leaned upon his staff, and his clothes were all in rags.
16 They all swore as she told them, and when they had completed their oath the woman said, 'Hush; and if any of your men meets me in the street or at the well, do not let him speak to me, for fear some one should go and tell my master, in which case he would suspect something.'
17 Then they loosed the hawsers, thrust the ship off from land, and made on towards the city as they had been told to do, while Telemachus strode on as fast as he could, till he reached the homestead where his countless herds of swine were feeding, and where dwelt the excellent swineherd, who was so devoted a servant to his master.
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