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GODS INSTRUCT A SON OF JUPITER
As the god of the thunders ceased the whole assembly applauded. As for the boy himself, he did not appear to be above the wish to learn everything.
"I undertake," said Mars, the god of war, to teach him the art by which so many heroes have won the glories of Olympus and extended the empire."
"I will be his master in the art of the lyre." promised the fair and learned Apollo.
"And I," said Hercules with the lion's-skin, "will teach him how to overcome Vice and quell evil passions, those poisonous monsters which like Hydras  are ever reborn in the heart. A foe to effeminate pleasures, he shall learn from me those too seldom trodden paths that lead to honour along the tracks of virtue."
When it came to Cupid, the god of love, to speak he simply said, "I can show him everything."
And Cupid was right; for what cannot be achieved with wit and the desire to please?
- The Hydra was a monster with one hundred heads. If one was cut off two grew in its place unless the wound was stopped by fire.