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A boast like this, loaded full with truth, does not shame the speech of a noble wife.

[615] Thus has she spoken for your schooling, but speciously for those that can interpret right. But, Herald, say—I want to hear of Menelaus. Has he, our land's dear lord, travelled safe home and has he returned with you?

[620] It would be impossible to report false news so fair that those I love should take pleasure for long.

Oh if only you could tell tidings true yet good! It is not easy to conceal when true and good are split apart.

The prince was swept from the sight of the Achaean host, [625] himself, and his ship likewise. I speak no lies.

Did he put forth in sight of all from Ilium, or did a storm, distressing all in common, snatch him from the fleet?

Like a master bowman you have hit the mark; a long tale of distress have you told in brief.

[630] Did the general voice of other voyagers bring news of him as alive or dead?

None knows to give clear report of this—except only the Sun that fosters life upon the earth.

How then do you say [635] rose the storm by the wrath of the gods upon the naval host and passed away?

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