Image from page 310 of "The golden fleece and the heroes who lived before Achilles" (1921)
Subjects: Argonauts (Greek mythology)
Publisher: New York, The Macmillan company
Contributing Library: Information and Library Science Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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his cousin who hated him; he, a toweringman, stood before a king who sat there weak and trembling.And Heracles said, I have come to take up the labors thatyou will lay upon me; speak now, Eurystheus, and tell me whatyou would have me do. Eurystheus, that weak king, looking on the young man whostood as tall and as firm as one of the immortals, had a heartthat was filled with hatred. He lifted up his head and he saidwith a frown: There is a Hon in Nemea that is stronger and more fiercethan any lion known before. Kill that lion, and bring the lionsskin to me that I may know that you have truly performedyour task. So Eurystheus said, and Heracles, with neithershield nor arms, went forth from the kings palace to seek andto combat the dread lion of Nemea. He went on until he came into a country where the fenceswere overthrown and the fields wasted and the houses emptyand fallen. He went on until he came to the waste around thatland: there he came on the trail of the lion; it led up the side
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THE HEROES OF THE QUEST 225 of a mountain, and Heracles, without shield or arms, followedthe trail. He heard the roar of the lion. Looking up he saw the beaststanding at the mouth of a cavern, huge and dark against thesunset. The lion roared three times, and then it went withinthe cavern. Around the mouth were strewn the bones of creatures it hadkilled and carried there. Heracles looked upon them when hecame to the cavern. He went within. Far into the cavern hewent, and then he came to where he saw the lion. It was sleeping. Heracles viewed the terrible bulk of the Hon, and then helooked upon his own knotted hands and arms. He remem-bered that it was told of him that, while still a child of eightmonths, he had strangled a great serpent that had come tohis cradle to devour him. He had grown and his strength hadgrown too. So he stood, measuring his strength and the size of the Hon.The breath from its mouth and nostrils came heavily to himas the beast slept, gorged with its prey. Then th
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