Friday, 9 November 2012

"On the eleventh day, when Lucifer had shepherded away the flock of stars on high, the king came to Lydia, in great good humour, and restored Silenus to his young ward.

The god was glad to have his tutor back, and in return gave Midas the right to choose himself a gift -- a privilege which Midas welcomed, but one which did him little good, for he was fated to make poor use of the opportunity he was given.  He said to the god: 'Grant that whatever my person touches be turned to yellow gold'."

The Metamorphoses of Ovid  trans. M.M. Innes

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