The Goddess Brings A Message To Nausicaa in a Dream

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The Goddess brings a message in a dream to Nausicaa (lines 2040)
And she (Athene) hurried like a breath of wind to the bed of the girl,
She stood by her head and she spoke words to her
Disguised as the daughter of the shipfamed Dumantos
Who was her equal in age, and dear to her heart.
Disguised as her, gleaming eyed Athene addressed her
"Nausicaa, why now did you mother bear such a careless daughter
Your shining clothes lie neglected
But marriage is approaching you, where you yourself must beautiful clothes
Put on and provide them for others, who attended you.
For from these things a good reputation rises up from men,
And your father and your lady mother rejoice.
So let's go and do the laundry as soon as dawn appears,
And I, as a companion will follow you at the same time, so that you can quickly
Get ready since you won't be a maiden for much longer.
For now the noble men throughout all Phaecian districts woo you, where you also have
But come urge your famous father early in the morning
To get ready the mules and wagons, and to take
Both girdles and robes and glittering fabrics
And [it is] much better for you to go this way than on foot
For the washing troughs are far from the city."


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