1 I am Mentes, son of Anchialus, and I am King of the Taphians.
2 The son of Tydeus went on also with me, and his crews with him.
3 She went wondering back into the house, and laid her son's saying in her heart.
4 He was then coming from Ephyra, where he had been to beg poison for his arrows from Ilus, son of Mermerus.
5 Nestor," said he, "son of Neleus, honour to the Achaean name, you ask whence we come, and I will tell you.
6 And Minerva said, "There is no fear of your race dying out yet, while Penelope has such a fine son as you are."
7 My mother," answered Telemachus, "tells me I am son to Ulysses, but it is a wise child that knows his own father.
8 A good old woman, Euryclea, daughter of Ops, the son of Pisenor, went before him with a couple of blazing torches.
9 Eurymachus son of Polybus then said, "Go home, old man, and prophesy to your own children, or it may be worse for them."
10 Nestor's son Pisistratus at once offered his hand to each of them, and seated them on some soft sheepskins that were lying on the sands near his father and his brother Thrasymedes.
11 Polyphemus is son to Neptune by the nymph Thoosa, daughter to the sea-king Phorcys; therefore though he will not kill Ulysses outright, he torments him by preventing him from getting home.
12 His son Antiphus had gone with Ulysses to Ilius, land of noble steeds, but the savage Cyclops had killed him when they were all shut up in the cave, and had cooked his last dinner for him.
13 The room was closed with well-made doors opening in the middle; moreover the faithful old house-keeper Euryclea, daughter of Ops the son of Pisenor, was in charge of everything both night and day.
14 And Minerva said, "Father, son of Saturn, King of kings, if, then, the gods now mean that Ulysses should get home, we should first send Mercury to the Ogygian island to tell Calypso that we have made up our minds and that he is to return."
15 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."
16 Sir," answered Telemachus, "it has been very kind of you to talk to me in this way, as though I were your own son, and I will do all you tell me; I know you want to be getting on with your voyage, but stay a little longer till you have taken a bath and refreshed yourself.
17 Then Minerva said, "Father, son of Saturn, King of kings, it served Aegisthus right, and so it would any one else who does as he did; but Aegisthus is neither here nor there; it is for Ulysses that my heart bleeds, when I think of his sufferings in that lonely sea-girt island, far away, poor man, from all his friends."
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