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Lord, in days to come may it be mine [265] to bring my masters such news as I am bearing to you now.

Often the rustic mind is afflicted with dullness; so you have probably come to this ill-suited place to tell your master, in armor, about the sheep! Do you not know my palace or my father's throne, [270] where you should carry your tale when you have prospered with your flocks?

Dull we herdsmen are; I do not dispute it. But none the less I bring joyful news to you.

Cease your tale of how the sheep-fold fares; I have battles to fight and spears to wield.

[275] The very things of which I, too, came to tell you; for a chieftain of a countless army is on his way to join you as your friend and ally of this land.

His country? and the home that he has left?

Thrace; men call his father Strymon.

[280] Did you say that Rhesus was setting foot in Troy?

You have it; and lighten me of half my speech.

How is it that he comes to Ida's meadows, wandering from the broad wagon track across the plain?

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