ἀλλ᾽ ὅτε δὴ τὸ τέταρτον ἐπὶ κρουνοὺς ἀφίκοντο ,
καὶ τότε δὴ χρύσεια πατὴρ ἐτίταινε τάλαντα ,
ἐν δ᾽ ἐτίθει δύο κῆρε τανηλεγέος θανάτοιο ,
τὴν μὲν Ἀχιλλῆος , τὴν δ᾽ Ἕκτορος ἱπποδάμοιο ,
ἕλκε δὲ μέσσα λαβών : ῥέπε δ᾽ Ἕκτορος αἴσιμον ἦμαρ ,
ᾤχετο δ᾽ εἰς Ἀΐδαο , λίπεν δέ ἑ Φοῖβος Ἀπόλλων .
Then , at last , as they were nearing the fountains for the fourth time , the father of all balanced his golden scales and placed a doom in each of them , one for Achilles and the other for Hector , breaker of horses . As he held the scales by the middle , the doom of Hector fell down deep into the house of Hadēs - and then Phoebus Apollo left him .
But when for the fourth time they had come around to the well springs then the Father balanced his golden scales , and in them he set two fateful portions of death , which lays men prostrate , one for Achilleus , and one for Hektor , breaker of horses , and balanced it by the middle ; and Hektor ' s death-day was heavier and dragged downward toward death , and Phoibos Apollo forsook him .