And wise Telemachus answered him: “Then verily, stranger, will I frankly tell thee all. Of Ithaca
I am by birth, and my father is Odysseus, as sure as ever1
such a one there was; but now he has perished by a pitiful fate. Therefore have I now taken my comrades and a black ship,
and am come to seek tidings of my father, that has long been gone.”
Then godlike Theoclymenus answered him: “Even so have I, too, fled from my country, for that I slew a man, one of mine own kin. And many brethren and kinsmen of his there are in horse-pasturing Argos
, and mightily do they bear sway over the Achaeans.
It is to shun death and black fate at their hands that I flee, for, I ween, it is my lot to be a wanderer among men. But do thou set me on thy ship, since in my flight I have made prayer to thee, lest they utterly slay me; for methinks they are in pursuit.”
And wise Telemachus answered him:
“Then will I in no wise thrust thee from my shapely ship, since thou art eager to come. Nay, follow with us, and in our home shalt thou find entertainment such as we have.”
So saying, he took from him his spear of bronze, and laid it at length on the deck of the curved ship, and himself went aboard the seafaring ship.
Then he sat down in the stern and made Theoclymenus sit down beside him; and his men loosed the stern cables. And Telemachus called to his men and bade them lay hold of the tackling, and they quickly obeyed. The mast of fir
they raised and set in the hollow socket, and made it fast with fore-stays, and hauled up the white sail with twisted thongs of oxhide. And flashing-eyed Athena sent them a favorable wind, blowing strongly through the sky, that, speeding swiftly, the ship might accomplish her way over the salt water of the sea.
So they fared past Crouni and Chalcis
, with its beautiful streams.
Now the sun set and all the ways grew dark. And the ship drew near to Pheae, sped by the wind of Zeus, and on past goodly Elis
, where the Epeans hold sway. From thence again he steered for the sharp isles2
pondering whether he should escape death or be taken.