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The prince and goddess to the stern ascend;
To the strong stroke at once the rowers bend. Full from the west she bids fresh breezes blow; The sable billows foam and roar below.
The chief his orders gives: the' obedient band
THE INTERVIEW OF TELEMACHUS AND NESTOR.
TELEMACHUS, guided by Pallas in the shape of Mentor, arrives in the morning at Pylos, where Nestor and his sons are sacrificing on the sea-shore to Neptune. Telemachus declares the occasion of his coming; and Nestor relates what passed in their return from Troy, how their fleets were separated, and he never since heard of Ulysses. The discourse concerning the death of Agamemnon, the revenge of Orestes, and the injuries of the suitors. Nestor advises him to go to Sparta, and inquire further of Menelaus. The sacrifice ending with the night, Minerva vanishes from them in the form of an eagle: Telemachus is lodged in the palace. The next morning they sacrifice a bullock to Minerva, and Telemachus proceeds on his journey to Sparta, attended by Pisistratus.
The scene lies on the sea-shore of Pylos.
THE sacred sun, above the waters rais'd,
• Proceed, my son! this youthful shame expel; An honest business never blush to tell.
To learn what fates thy wretched sire detain,