In his worldly wisdom great Odysseus answered, ‘O Queen and Divinity, hold this not against me. In my true self I do most surely know how far short of you discreet Penelop falls in stature and comeliness. For she is human: and you are chargeless, immortal, ever-young. Yet even so I choose - yea all my days are consumed in longing - to travel home and see the day of my arrival dawn. If a god must shatter me upon the wine-dark sea, so be it. I shall suffer with a high heart; for my courage has been tempered to endure all misery. Already have I known every mood of pain and travail, in storms and in the war. Let the coming woe be added to the count of those which have been.’
The sun fell and twilight deepened as he spoke. They rose and went far into the smooth-walled cave - to its very end: and there by themselves they took their joy of one another in the way of love, all night.