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...was a lover of the gods and a good man, caused him to be brought down from the pyre and asked him as follows: "Cr?sus, tell me who of all men was it who persuaded thee to march upon my land and so to become an enemy to me instead of a friend?" and he said: "O king, I did this to thy felicity and to my own misfortune, and the causer of this was the god of the Hellenes, who incited me to march with my army. For no one is so senseless as to choose of his own will war rather peace, sinceIn peace the sons bury their fathers, but in war the fathers bury their sons.But it was pleasing, I suppose, to the divine powers that these things should come to pass thus."
88. So he spoke, and Cyrus loosed his bonds and caused him to sit near himself and paid to him much regard, and he marvelled both himself and all who were about him at the sight of Cr?sus. And Cr?sus wrapt in thought was silent; but after a time, turning round and seeing the Persians plundering the city of the Lydians, he said: "O king, must I say to thee that which I chance to have in my... Croesus
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