"Then I addressed the blurred and the breathless dead, vowing to slaughter my best heifer for them before she calved , at home in Ithaca... as for Tiresias, I swore to sacrifice a black lamb, handsomest of all our flock."
"Now the souls gathered. stirring out of Erebus, brides and young men, and men growing old in pain, and tender girls whose hearts were new to grief; many were there, too, torn by brazen lanceheads, battle-slain, bearing still their bloody gear."
"Meanwhile I crouched with my drawn sword to keep the surging phantoms from the bloody pit till I should know the presence of Tiresias. ."
"Soon from the dark that prince of Thebes came forward bearing a gold staff; and he addressed me. 'Son of Laertes and the gods of old, Odysseus, master of land ways and sea ways, why leave the blazing sun, O man of woe, to see the cold dead and joyless region? Stand clear, put up your sword; let me but taste of blood, I shall speak true.'"
"Great captain, a fair wind and the honey lights of home are all you seek. But anguish lies ahead; the god who thunders on the land prepares it, not be shaken from your track, implacable, in rancor for the son whose eyes you blinded..."
After learning his prophecy, Odysseus and his men set sail to Thrinacia.