ven him. Then straightway he stretched the veil beneath his breast, and flung himself headlong into the sea with hands outstretched,ready to swim. And the lord, the earth-shaker, saw him, and he shook his head, and thus he spoke to his own heart:
“So now, after thou hast suffered many ills, go wandering over the deep, till thou comest among the folk fostered of Zeus. Yet even so, methinks, thou shalt not make any mock at thy suffering.”
So saying, he lashed his fair-maned horses, and came to Aegae, where is his glorious palace.
But Athena, daughter of Zeus, took other counsel. She stayed the paths of the other winds, and bade them all cease and be lulled to rest;but she roused the swift North Wind, and broke the waves before him, to the end that Zeus-born Odysseus might come among the Phaeacians, lovers of the oar, escaping from death and the fates.
Then for two nights and two days he was driven about over the swollen waves, and full often his heart forboded destruction.But when fair-