|A maid servant then brought them water in a beautiful
golden ewer and poured it into a silver basin for them to
wash their hands, and she drew a clean table beside them.
An upper servant brought them bread, and offered them many good things of what there was in the house, the carver fetched them plates of all manner of meats and set cups of gold by their side, and a man-servant brought them wine and poured it out for them.
Then the suitors came in and took their places on the benches and seats
and they laid their hands upon the good things that were before them.
|So a servant brought a lyre to Phemius, whom they compelled perforce to sing to them.|