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King Cyrus of Persia held...

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King Cyrus of Persia held a noble prince and his family prisoner. When they were brought before the great king, he asked the prince what he would give to be set free. The prince replied, "Half my kingdom." "And what will you give me if I set your children free?" The prince replied, "I will give you all I possess." "Then tell me," asked King Cyrus, "what will you give me if I set your wife free?" At that the prince replied, "For that I would give you my life." Moved by the prince's reply, Cyrus let him and his family go.

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