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STORIES OF GREECE AND ROME
THE STORY OF ULYSSES

I will go to Ithaca to Telemachus, to bid him go in search of his father; for indeed it is but fitting that he should do so, now that he is a man full-grown."
So she went to Ithaca in the guise of a young man.
Now there were gathered in the house of Ulysses many princes from the islands, suitors of the Queen Penelope, for they said, "Ulysses is dead; choose, therefore, a husband from our number." They spent their days at games and feasting, giving orders to the servants of the house. Telemachus sat among them, vexed at heart, for they wasted his wealth, and he was not even master in his own house.
Penelope put off making a choice among the suitors by saying, "Hasten not my marriage till I finish weaving this cloth to be a burial robe for Laertes, the aged father of is Ulysses." So she spoke, and for three years she undid at night what she wove during the daytime.
Athena put might and courage into the heart of Telemachus and urged him to seek news of his father.
Straightway he set out and came to Sparta, to the palace of King Menelaus. The King told him that Ulysses was still alive, and that the nymph Calypso was keeping him against his will upon the island of Ogygia.

IV. HOW CALYPSO HELPED ULYSSES BUILD A RAFT
While Telemachus was still in Spa.rta, Zeus sent Hermes to Calypso, to bid her let Ulysses return to his home. So Hermes donned his golden sandals and took his wand in his hand, and came to the island of Ogygia and to the cave where Calypso dwelt. A fair place it was. In the cave a fire of sweet-smelling wood was burning, and Calypso sat at her loom and sang with a lovely voice. Round about the cave was a grove of alders and poplars and cypresses,

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