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The Heroes or Greek Fairy Tales for my Children

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But when he came back his people had forgotten him, and Castor and Polydeuces, the sons of the wondrous Swan, had invaded his land, and carried off his mother Aithra for a slave, in revenge for a grievous wrong.

Warriors fighting

So the fair land of Athens was wasted, and another king ruled it, who drove out Theseus shamefully, and he fled across the sea to Scuros. And there he lived in sadness, in the house of Lucomedes the king, till Lucomedes killed him by treachery, and there was an end of all his labours.

So it is still, my children, and so it will be to the end. In those old Greeks, and in us also, all strength and virtue come from God. But if men grow proud and self-willed, and misuse God’s fair gifts, He lets them go their own ways, and fall pitifully, that the glory may be His alone. God help us all, and give us wisdom, and courage to do noble deeds! but God keep pride from us when we have done them, lest we fall, and come to shame!

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Footnotes

[96] In the Elgin Marbles.

[130a] The Danube.

[130b] Between the Crimæa and Circassia.

[130c] The Sea of Azov.

[131a] The Ural Mountains?

[131b] The Baltic?

[132] Britain?

[133] The Azores?


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