1 And again they promised that they would obey.
2 Pisistratus, I hope you will promise to do what I am going to ask you.
3 Circe,' said I, 'please to keep the promise you made me about furthering me on my homeward voyage.
4 I also particularly promised that Teiresias should have a black sheep to himself, the best in all my flocks.
5 'Now there was a watchman whom Aegisthus kept always on the watch, and to whom he had promised two talents of gold.
6 More particularly you must promise that Teiresias shall have a black sheep all to himself, the finest in all your flocks.
7 You and my mother had sent me to Autolycus, my mother's father, to receive the presents which when he was over here he had promised to give me.
8 Moreover you must offer many prayers to the poor feeble ghosts, and promise them that when you get back to Ithaca you will sacrifice a barren heifer to them, the best you have, and will load the pyre with good things.
9 He had given his consent and promised her to him while he was still at Troy, and now the gods were bringing the marriage about; so he was sending her with chariots and horses to the city of the Myrmidons over whom Achilles' son was reigning.
10 Do not scold me, mother," answered Telemachus, "nor vex me, seeing what a narrow escape I have had, but wash your face, change your dress, go upstairs with your maids, and promise full and sufficient hecatombs to all the gods if Jove will only grant us our revenge upon the suitors.
11 I made a drink-offering to all the dead, first with honey and milk, then with wine, and thirdly with water, and I sprinkled white barley meal over the whole, praying earnestly to the poor feckless ghosts, and promising them that when I got back to Ithaca I would sacrifice a barren heifer for them, the best I had, and would load the pyre with good things.