σοὶ δ᾽ ἐμὰ κήδεα θυμὸς ἐπετράπετο στονόεντα
εἴρεσθ᾽ , ὄφρ᾽ ἔτι μᾶλλον ὀδυρόμενος στεναχίζω :
τί πρῶτόν τοι ἔπειτα , τί δ᾽ ὑστάτιον καταλέξω ;
κήδε᾽ ἐπεί μοι πολλὰ δόσαν θεοὶ Οὐρανίωνες .
νῦν δ᾽ ὄνομα πρῶτον μυθήσομαι , ὄφρα καὶ ὑμεῖς
εἴδετ᾽ , ἐγὼ δ᾽ ἂν ἔπειτα φυγὼν ὕπο νηλεὲς ἦμαρ
ὑμῖν ξεῖνος ἔω καὶ ἀπόπροθι δώματα ναίων .
εἴμ᾽ Ὀδυσεὺς Λαερτιάδης , ὃς πᾶσι δόλοισιν
ἀνθρώποισι μέλω , καί μευ κλέος οὐρανὸν ἵκει .
Now , however , since you are inclined to ask the story of my sorrows , and rekindle my own sad memories in respect of them , I do not know how to begin , nor yet how to continue and conclude my tale , for the hand of heaven has been laid heavily upon me .
" Firstly , then , I will tell you my name that you too may know it , and that one day , if I outlive this time of sorrow , I may become a guest-friend to you , though I live so far away from all of you . I am Odysseus son of Laertes , renowned among humankind for all manner of subtlety , so that my kleos ascends to heaven
But your heart prompts you to ask of my sad troubles , and make me weep and groan the more . How shall I start and end my tale ? First let me give you my name , so you all know , and if I escape from pitiless fate later , I will play host to you , though I live far off . I am Odysseus , Laertes’ son , known to all for my stratagems , and my fame has reached the heavens .