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The sons of the Achaeans shared it duly among themselves, and chose lovely Chryseis as the meed of Agamemnon; but Chryses, priest of Apollo, came to the ships of the Achaeans to free his daughter, and brought with him a great ransom: moreover he bore in his hand the sceptre of Apollo, wreathed with a suppliant's wreath, and he besought the Achaeans, but most of all the two sons of Atreus who were their chiefs.
She sat herself down before him, and with her left hand seized his knees, while with her right she caught him under the chin, and besought him, saying:--
Jove sat for a while silent, and without a word, but Thetis still kept firm hold of his knees, and besought him a second time.