THESEUS


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Aethra had once more told him the oft-repeated story of his father, and how gladly he would receive Theseus at his stately palace, and how he would present him to his courtiers and the people, and tell them that here was the heir of his dominions.
Ah, my dearest Theseus," replied his mother "not yet
Then Theseus bent himself in good earnest to the task, and strained every sinew, with manly strength and resolution.
Yes, Theseus," she said, "the time has come, and you must stay no longer at my side
When his grandfather, the wise King Pittheus, heard that Theseus intended to present himself at his father's palace, he earnestly advised him to get on board of a vessel, and go by sea; because he might thus arrive within fifteen miles of Athens, without either fatigue or danger.
A mere lad, like Theseus, is not fit to be trusted on such a perilous journey, all by himself.
But when Theseus heard of robbers and monsters, he pricked up his ears, and was so much the more eager to take the road along which they were to be met with.
I cannot stop to tell you hardly any of the adventures that befell Theseus on the road to Athens.
After these memorable deeds, Theseus heard of an enormous sow, which ran wild, and was the terror of all the farmers round about; and, as he did not consider himself above doing any good thing that came in his way, he killed this monstrous creature, and gave the carcass to the poor people for bacon.
Thus, by the time he reached his journey's end, Theseus had done many valiant feats with his father's golden-hilled sword, and had gained the renown of being one of the bravest young men of the day.
But when they heard that Theseus had arrived in Athens, and learned what a gallant young man he was, they saw that he would not be at all the kind of a person to let them steal away his father's crown and scepter, which ought to be his own by right of inheritance.
Theseus consented; for he fancied that his father would know him in a moment, by the love that was in his heart.