|Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, ed. Poems of Places: An Anthology in 31 Volumes.|
Greece and Turkey in Europe: Vol. XIX. 187679.
|Ulysses on His Return|
Translated by J. H. Merivale
HAIL, Ithaca, my loved paternal soil!
|How, after years of travel, war, and toil,|
|How, after countless perils of the sea,|
|My heart, returning, fondly clings to thee!|
|Where I shall once more bless my fathers age,|| 5|
|And smooth the last steps of his pilgrimage;|
|Again embrace my wife, again enjoy|
|The sweet endearments of mine only boy.|
|Now, from my soul, I feel how strong the chain|
|That binds the passions to our native plain.|| 10|