More especially we pray thee send down thy grace on Nestor and on his sons; thereafter also make the rest of the Pylian people some handsome return for the goodly hecatomb they are offering you.
As soon as they had had enough to eat and drink, Nestor, knight of Gerene, began to speak.
"Nestor," said he, "son of Neleus, honour to the Achaean name, you ask whence we come, and I will tell you.
"My friend," answered Nestor, "you recall a time of much sorrow to my mind, for the brave Achaeans suffered much both at sea, while privateering under Achilles, and when fighting before the great city of king Priam.
"Nestor son of Neleus," answered Telemachus, "honour to the Achaean name, the Achaeans applaud Orestes and his name will live through all time for he has avenged his father nobly.
"My friend," said Nestor, "now that you remind me, I remember to have heard that your mother has many suitors, who are ill disposed towards you and are making havoc of your estate.
He did so, and while we awaited the Englishman's translation of the reply, I doubt if either Nestor or I breathed.
For two months I talked with David Innes almost every day, and as Downes translated, either Nestor or I took notes.
He then sat down, and Nestor the prince of Pylos with all sincerity and goodwill addressed them thus: "My friends," said he, "princes and councillors of the Argives, if any other man of the Achaeans had told us of this dream we should have declared it false, and would have had nothing to do with it.
And Agamemnon answered, "Nestor, you have again outdone the sons of the Achaeans in counsel.
First he asked Nestor and King Idomeneus, then the two Ajaxes and the son of Tydeus, and sixthly Ulysses, peer of gods in counsel; but Menelaus came of his own accord, for he knew how busy his brother then was.
These were commanded by Nestor, knight of Gerene, and with him there came ninety ships.