ἔνθʼ ἄλλοι μὲν πάντες , ὅσοι φύγον αἰπὺν ὄλεθρον ,
οἴκοι ἔσαν , πόλεμόν τε πεφευγότες ἠδὲ θάλασσαν ·
τὸν δʼ οἶον νόστου κεχρημένον ἠδὲ γυναικὸς
νύμφη πότνιʼ ἔρυκε Καλυψὼ δῖα θεάων
ἐν σπέσσι γλαφυροῖσι , λιλαιομένη πόσιν εἶναι .
ἀλλʼ ὅτε δὴ ἔτος ἦλθε περιπλομένων ἐνιαυτῶν ,
τῷ οἱ ἐπεκλώσαντο θεοὶ οἶκόνδε νέεσθαι
εἰς Ἰθάκην , οὐδʼ ἔνθα πεφυγμένος ἦεν ἀέθλων
καὶ μετὰ οἷσι φίλοισι . θεοὶ δʼ ἐλέαιρον ἅπαντες
νόσφι Ποσειδάωνος · ὁ δʼ ἀσπερχὲς μενέαινεν
ἀντιθέῳ Ὀδυσῆι πάρος ἣν γαῖαν ἱκέσθαι .
Of these things , goddess , daughter of Zeus , beginning where thou wilt , tell thou even unto us . Now all the rest , as many as had escaped sheer destruction , were at home , safe from both war and sea , but Odysseus alone , filled with longing for his return and for his wife , did the queenly nymph Calypso , that bright goddess ,
keep back in her hollow caves , yearning that he should be her husband . But when , as the seasons revolved , the year came in which the gods had ordained that he should return home to Ithaca , not even there was he free from toils , even among his own folk . And all the gods pitied him
So now all who escaped death in battle or by shipwreck had got safely home except Odysseus , and he , though he was longing for his return to his wife and country , was detained by the goddess Calypso , who had got him into a large cave and wanted to marry him . But as years went by , there came a time when the gods settled that he should go back to Ithaca ; even then , however , when he was among his own people , his trials were not yet over ; nevertheless all the gods had now begun to pity him except Poseidon , who still persecuted him without ceasing and would not let him get home .