Written 800 M. C. Elizabeth
Translated by Samuel Butler
Therefore did the Trojans watch. But Worry, comrade of blood-stained Rout, had used fast hold of the Achaeans and their princes were all of them in lose hope. As when the two wind gusts that blow from Thrace- the north and the northwest- spring up of your sudden and rouse the fury in the main- in a moment the dark ocean uprear their particular heads and scatter all their sea-wrack in most directions- even thus bothered were the hearts from the Achaeans.
The boy of Atreus in dismay bade the heralds call up the people into a council man by guy, but not to cry the matter aloud; he made haste as well himself to call them, and they lay sorry in your mind in their set up. Agamemnon shed tears as it were a running stream or cataract on the side of some large cliff; and therefore, with many huge sigh he spoke to the Achaeans. " My friends, " said this individual, " princes and councillors of the Argives, the hands of nirvana has been placed heavily after me. Vicious Jove offered me his solemn promise that we should sack the city of Troy before returning, but he provides played myself false, and is now bidding me move ingloriously to Argos while using loss of very much people. These kinds of is the will of Jove, who has set many a proud city in the dust as he will but lay others, for his power is above all. At this point, therefore , i want to all carry out as I claim and travel back to our own country, intended for we shall require Troy. "
Thus he chatted, and the daughters of the Achaeans for a long while lay sorrowful there, but they all kept their tranquility, till at last Diomed of the loud battle-cry made answer saying, " Son of Atreus, Let me chide the folly, as my correct in council. Be not really then aggrieved that I should do so. In the first place you attacked myself before all the Danaans and said that I had been a coward and no jewellry. The Argives young and old know that you did so. But the kid of scheming Saturn gifted you by simply halves simply. He offered you honor as the primary ruler above us, yet valour, which can be the highest equally right and might he would not give you. Friend, think you that the sons of the Achaeans are indeed since unwarlike and cowardly as you say they are? Should your own head is set after going home- go- the way in which is open to you; the many boats that followed you by Mycene stand ranged upon the seashore; but the rest of us stay here until we have sacked Troy. T?i though these too will need to turn homeward with their delivers, Sthenelus and myself will certainly still combat on till we reach the goal of Ilius, for pertaining to heaven was with us whenever we came. "
The sons with the Achaeans yelled applause with the words of Diomed, and presently Nestor rose to speak. " Kid of Tydeus, " stated he, " in war your ability is beyond question, and council you excel every who will be of your own years; no one in the Achaeans will make light of what you say nor gainsay it, but you haven’t yet arrive to the end of the whole matter. You are still young- you might be the youngest of my own children- still you have spoken sensibly and have counselled the chief of the Achaeans not really without discernment; nevertheless We am older than you and I will tell you every" thing; therefore let no man, not even King Agamemnon, disregard my personal saying, intended for he that foments civil discord is known as a clanless, hearthless outlaw.
" At this point, however , allow us to obey the behests of night and get the suppers, although let the sentinels every person of them camp by the trench that is without the wall. I am giving these recommendations to the teenage boys; when they had been attended to, will you, son of Atreus, provide a orders, for you personally are the the majority of royal among us all. Prepare a feast for your councillors; it really is right and reasonable that you should do so; there is abundance of wine in your tents, that the ships from the Achaeans take from Thrace daily. You may have everything available wherewith to entertain guests, and you have many subjects. Once many are got together, you can be led by him whose lawyer is wisest- and sorely do we require shrewd and prudent advice, for the foe has...