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steadfast
used in The Odyssey by Homer (translated by: Butcher & Lang)

62 uses
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firmly consistent — especially in loyalty
  • So all the morning we waited with steadfast heart, and the seals came forth in troops from the brine, and then they couched them all orderly by the sea-beach.
    Book 4 (53% in)
  • For in despite of her the wooers will devour thy living and thy substance, so long as she is steadfast in such purpose as the gods now put within her breast: great renown for herself she winneth, but for thee regret for thy much livelihood.
    Book 2 (30% in)
  • I follow after the far-spread rumour of my father, if haply I may hear thereof, even of the goodly steadfast Odysseus, who upon a time, men say, fought by thy side and sacked the city of the Trojans.
    Book 3 (17% in)
  • Now one half the people abode steadfastly there with Agamemnon, son of Atreus, shepherd of the host; and half of us embarked and drave to sea and swiftly the ships sailed, for a god made smooth the sea with the depths thereof.
    Book 3 (31% in)
  • And Aretus came forth from the chamber bearing water for the washing of hands in a basin of flowered work, and in the other hand he held the barley-meal in a basket; and Thrasymedes, steadfast in the battle, stood by holding in his hand a sharp axe, ready to smite the heifer.
    Book 3 (88% in)
  • But do ye grasp him steadfastly and press him yet the more, and at length when he questions thee in his proper shape, as he was when first ye saw him laid to rest, then, hero, hold thy strong hands, and let the ancient one go free, and ask him which of the gods is hard upon thee, and as touching thy returning, how thou mayest go over the teeming deep.
    Book 4 (50% in)
  • We the while held him close with steadfast heart.
    Book 4 (55% in)
  • So she spake, and the steadfast goodly Odysseus shuddered, and uttering his voice spake to her winged words: 'Herein, goddess, thou hast plainly some other thought, and in no wise my furtherance, for that thou biddest me to cross in a raft the great gulf of the sea so dread and difficult, which not even the swift gallant ships pass over rejoicing in the breeze of Zeus.
    Book 5 (35% in)
  • But the steadfast goodly Odysseus pondered, and heavily he spake to his own brave spirit: 'Ah, woe is me!
    Book 5 (73% in)
  • So long as the timbers abide in the dowels, so long will I endure steadfast in affliction, but so soon as the wave hath shattered my raft asunder, I will swim, for meanwhile no better counsel may be.'
    Book 5 (74% in)
  • And the steadfast goodly Odysseus beheld it and rejoiced, and he laid him in the midst thereof and flung over him the fallen leaves.
    Book 5 (98% in)
  • So there he lay asleep, the steadfast goodly Odysseus, fordone with toil and drowsiness.
    Book 6 (2% in)
  • Thus she spake, and they gave ready ear and hearkened, and set beside Odysseus meat and drink, and the steadfast goodly Odysseus did eat and drink eagerly, for it was long since he had tasted food.
    Book 6 (75% in)
  • So he prayed there, the steadfast goodly Odysseus, while the two strong mules bare the princess to the town.
    Book 7 (1% in)
  • There the steadfast goodly Odysseus stood and gazed.
    Book 7 (39% in)
  • Now the steadfast goodly Odysseus went through the hall, clad in a thick mist, which Athene shed around him, till he came to Arete and the king Alcinous.
    Book 7 (41% in)
  • So the steadfast goodly Odysseus did eat and drink: and then the mighty Alcinous spake unto the henchman: 'Pontonous, mix the bowl and serve out the wine to all in the hall, that we may pour forth likewise before Zeus, whose joy is in the thunder, who attendeth upon reverend suppliants.'
    Book 7 (52% in)
  • So spake he, and the steadfast goodly Odysseus rejoiced; and then he uttered a word in prayer, and called aloud to Zeus: 'Father Zeus, oh that Alcinous may fulfil all that he hath said, so may his fame never be quenched upon the earth, the grain-giver, and I should come to mine own land!'
    Book 7 (95% in)
  • So he slept there, the steadfast goodly Odysseus, on the jointed bedstead, beneath the echoing gallery.
    Book 7 (99% in)
  • So spake she; and the steadfast goodly Odysseus rejoiced and was glad, for that he saw a true friend in the lists.
    Book 8 (35% in)
  • Now when the steadfast goodly Odysseus heard this saying, forthwith he fixed on the lid, and quickly tied the curious knot, which the lady Circe on a time had taught him.
    Book 8 (76% in)
  • But as for me I laid hold of the back of a young ram who was far the best and the goodliest of all the flock, and curled beneath his shaggy belly there I lay, and so clung face upward, grasping the wondrous fleece with a steadfast heart.
    Book 9 (76% in)
  • 'So spake I, and the fair goddess answered me anon: "Son of Laertes, of the seed of Zeus, Odysseus of many devices, tarry ye now no longer in my house against your will; but first must ye perform another journey, and reach the dwelling of Hades and of dread Persephone to seek to the spirit of Theban Teiresias, the blind soothsayer, whose wits abide steadfast.
    Book 10 (86% in)
  • There was one, Elpenor, the youngest of us all, not very valiant in war neither steadfast in mind.
    Book 10 (97% in)
  • But I abode there steadfastly, till my mother drew nigh and drank the dark blood; and at once she knew me, and bewailing herself spake to me winged words: ' "Dear child, how didst thou come beneath the darkness and the shadow, thou that art a living man?
    Book 11 (24% in)
  • 'Even so I spake, and anon my lady mother answered me: "Yea verily, she abideth with steadfast spirit in thy halls; and wearily for her the nights wane always and the days in shedding of tears.
    Book 11 (28% in)
  • 'Next to her I saw Alcmene, wife of Amphitryon, who lay in the arms of mighty Zeus, and bare Heracles of the lion-heart, steadfast in the fight.
    Book 11 (41% in)
  • But it might not be, for he had now no steadfast strength nor power at all in moving, such as was aforetime in his supple limbs.
    Book 11 (61% in)
  • Steadfast I clung till she should spew forth mast and keel again; and late they came to my desire.
    Book 12 (96% in)
  • So spake she, and the steadfast goodly Odysseus was glad, and had joy in his own country, according to the word of Pallas Athene, daughter of Zeus, lord of the aegis.
    Book 13 (57% in)
  • Then the steadfast goodly Odysseus was glad rejoicing in his own land, and he kissed the earth, the grain-giver.
    Book 13 (80% in)
  • Then the steadfast goodly Odysseus spake to him again: 'My friend, forasmuch as thou gainsayest utterly, and sayest that henceforth he will not come again, and thine heart is ever slow to believe, therefore will I tell thee not lightly but with an oath, that Odysseus shall return.
    Book 14 (28% in)
  • Oh that I were young, and my might were steadfast, as in the day when we arrayed our ambush and led it beneath Troy town!
    Book 14 (88% in)
  • Oh! that I were young as then and my might steadfast!
    Book 14 (94% in)
  • Then the steadfast goodly Odysseus answered him: 'Oh, that thou mayst so surely be dear to father Zeus as thou art to me, in that thou didst make me to cease from wandering and dread woe!
    Book 15 (62% in)
  • Then the steadfast goodly Odysseus answered him: 'My friend, since it is indeed my right to answer thee withal, of a truth my heart is rent as I hear your words, such infatuate deeds ye say the wooers devise in the halls, in despite of thee, a man so noble.
    Book 16 (19% in)
  • Then the steadfast goodly Odysseus answered him, saying: 'Behold, no god am I; why likenest thou me to the immortals? nay, thy father am I, for whose sake thou sufferest many pains and groanest sore, and submittest thee to the despite of men,' At the word he kissed his son, and from his cheeks let a tear fall to earth: before, he had stayed the tears continually.
    Book 16 (39% in)
  • And the steadfast goodly Odysseus answered him: 'Yea now, my child, I will tell thee all the truth.
    Book 16 (47% in)
  • Then the steadfast goodly Odysseus answered him, saying: 'Yea now, I will tell thee, and do thou mark and listen to me, and consider whether Athene with Father Zeus will suffice for us twain, or whether I shall cast about for some other champion.'
    Book 16 (54% in)
  • Then the steadfast goodly Odysseus answered him: 'Yet will the twain not long keep aloof from the strong tumult of war, when between the wooers and us in my halls is held the trial of the might of Ares.
    Book 16 (55% in)
  • {* Reading [Greek]} Therewith, as he went past, he kicked Odysseus on the hip, in his witlessness, yet he drave him not from the path, but he abode steadfast.
    Book 17 (38% in)
  • Then the steadfast goodly Odysseus answered him, saying: 'I mark, I heed, all this thou speakest to one with understanding.
    Book 17 (46% in)
  • Then the steadfast goodly Odysseus answered him, saying: 'Eumaeus, soon would I tell all the truth to the daughter of Icarius, wise Penelope, for well I know his story, and we have borne our travail together.
    Book 17 (92% in)
  • Then the steadfast goodly Odysseus mused in himself whether he should smite him in such wise that his life should leave his body, even there where he fell, or whether he should strike him lightly, and stretch him on the earth.
    Book 18 (21% in)
  • But when again the blessed gods have wrought for him sorrow, even so he bears it, as he must, with a steadfast heart.
    Book 18 (32% in)
  • Thus she spake, and the steadfast goodly Odysseus rejoiced because she drew from them gifts, and beguiled their souls with soothing words, while her heart was set on other things.
    Book 18 (65% in)
  • So she spake, and the nurse made haste and brought a polished settle, and cast a fleece thereon; and then the steadfast goodly Odysseus sat him down there, and the wise Penelope spake first, saying: 'Stranger, I will make bold first to ask thee this: who art thou of the sons of men, and whence?
    Book 19 (18% in)
  • Now Odysseus had compassion of heart upon his wife in her lamenting, but his eyes kept steadfast between his eyelids as it were horn or iron, and craftily he hid his tears.
    Book 19 (36% in)
  • So spake he, chiding his own spirit within him, and his heart verily abode steadfast in obedience to his word.
    Book 20 (6% in)
  • And the steadfast goodly Odysseus was glad thereat, in that the son of deep-counselling Cronos had sent him a sign.
    Book 21 (95% in)
  • Still is my might steadfast—not as the wooers say scornfully to slight me.
    Book 21 (98% in)
  • ...hand, and in the other a wide shield and an old, stained with rust, the shield of the hero Laertes that he bare when he was young—but at that time it was laid by, and the seams of the straps were loosened,—then the twain rushed on him and caught him, and dragged him in by the hair, and cast him on the floor in sorrowful plight, and bound him hand and foot in a bitter bond, tightly winding each limb behind his back, even as the son of Laertes bade them, the steadfast goodly Odysseus.
    Book 22 (39% in)
  • So spake he, and Athene was mightily angered at heart, and chid Odysseus in wrathful words: 'Odysseus, thou hast no more steadfast might nor any prowess, as when for nine whole years continually thou didst battle with the Trojans for high born Helen, of the white arms, and many men thou slewest in terrible warfare, and by thy device the wide-wayed city of Priam was taken.
    Book 22 (46% in)
  • So when they had avoided all the spears of the wooers, the steadfast goodly Odysseus began first to speak among them: 'Friends, now my word is that we too cast and hurl into the press of the wooers, that are mad to slay and strip us beyond the measure of their former iniquities.'
    Book 22 (53% in)
  • But she sat long in silence, and amazement came upon her soul, and now she would look upon him steadfastly with her eyes, and now again she knew him not, for that he was clad in vile raiment.
    Book 23 (26% in)
  • So she spake, and the steadfast goodly Odysseus smiled, and quickly he spake to Telemachus winged words: 'Telemachus, leave now thy mother to make trial of me within the chambers; so shall she soon come to a better knowledge than heretofore.
    Book 23 (30% in)
  • Then he took the bow into his hands, the steadfast goodly Odysseus, and lightly he strung it, and sent the arrow through the iron.
    Book 24 (32% in)
  • Now when the steadfast goodly Odysseus saw his father thus wasted with age and in great grief of heart, he stood still beneath a tall pear tree and let fall a tear.
    Book 24 (41% in)
  • About his dear son he cast his arms, and the steadfast goodly Odysseus caught him fainting to his breast.
    Book 24 (62% in)
  • Now when they had put from them the desire of honey-sweet food, the steadfast goodly Odysseus began to speak among them, saying: 'Let one go forth and see, lest the people be already drawing near against us.'
    Book 24 (88% in)
  • And the steadfast goodly Odysseus beheld her and was glad, and straightway he spake to Telemachus his dear son: 'Telemachus, soon shalt thou learn this, when thou thyself art got to the place of the battle where the best men try the issue,—namely, not to bring shame on thy father's house, on us who in time past have been eminent for might and hardihood over all the world.'
    Book 24 (90% in)
  • To the city they turned their steps, as men fain of life, and the steadfast goodly Odysseus with a terrible cry gathered himself together and hurled in on them, like an eagle of lofty flight.
    Book 24 (96% in)

There are no more uses of "steadfast" in The Odyssey by Homer (translated by: Butcher & Lang).

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