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The thing is true, according to the laws of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not.

Then answered they, and said before the king, That Daniel regarded not thee, O king, but maketh his petition three times a day. Then the king, when he heard these words, was sore displeased with himself, and set his heart on Daniel to deliver him.

Then these men said unto the king, Know, O king, that the law of the Medes and Persians is, that no decree nor statute, which the king establisheth may be changed.

Then the king commanded, and they brought Daniel, and cast him into the den of lions. Now the king spake and said unto Daniel, Thy God, whom thou servest continually, He will deliver thee.

And a stone was brought, and laid upon the mouth of the den; and the king sealed it with his own signet. Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: and his sleep went from him.

Then the king arose very early in the morning, and went in haste unto the den of lions. And when he came to the den, he cried with a lamentable voice unto Daniel and the king spake and said to Daniel, Ọ Daniel, servant of the living God, is thy God,

whom thou servest continually, able to deliver thee from the lions?

Then said Daniel unto the king, O king, live forever. My God hath sent His angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me.

Then was the king exceeding glad for him, and commanded that they should take Daniel up out of the den. So Daniel was taken up out of the den, and no manner of hurt was found upon him, because he believed in his God.

And the king commanded, and they brought those men which had accused Daniel, and they cast them into the den of lions, them, their children, and their wives; and the lions had the mastery of them, and brake all their bones in pieces or ever they came at the bottom of the den.

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THE BIBLE.

A NIGHT WITH A WOLF

bruised

stunned

Little one, come to my knee!
Hark how the rain is pouring

Over the roof, in the pitch-black night,
And the wind in the woods a-roaring!

Hush, my darling, and listen,

Then pay for the story with kisses:
Father was lost in the pitch-black night,
In just such a storm as this is!

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High up on the lonely mountains,

Where the wild men watched and waited; Wolves in the forest, and bears in the bush, And I on my path belated.

The rain and the night together

Came down, and the wind came after,

Bending the

props of the pine-tree roof
And snapping many a rafter.

I crept along in the darkness,
Stunned, and bruised, and blinded
Crept to a fir with thick-set boughs,
And a sheltering rock behind it.

There, from the blowing and raining,
Crouching, I sought to hide me:
Something rustled, two green eyes shone,
And a wolf lay down beside me.

Little one, be not frightened;

I and the wolf together,

Side by side, through the long, long night,

Hid from the awful weather.

His wet fur pressed against me;
Each of us warmed the other;
Each of us felt, in the stormy dark,
That beast to man was brother.

And when the falling forest

No longer crashed in warning,
Each of us went from our hiding place
Forth in the wild, wet morning.

Darling, kiss me in payment!

Hark, how the wind is roaring;
Father's house is a better place

When the stormy rain is pouring!

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Once upon a time there was a princess in Troezene. Aithra was her name. She had one fair son, named Theseus, the bravest lad in all the land. Aithra never smiled but when she looked at him, for her husband had forgotten her, and lived far away.

When Theseus was full fifteen years old, she took him up with her to the temple. She led him to a tall plane tree, beneath whose shade grew arbutus and purple heather bushes.

"Theseus, my son," she said, "go into that thicket and you will find at the plane-tree foot a great flat stone. Lift it, and bring me what lies underneath."

Then Theseus pushed his way through the thick

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