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the pots and flagons appertaining thereunto, was ban- ished from every table. Divers also of the ancient women did murmur within their tents, saying : " Te have taken away that which did comfort us in all our toil. An evil and bitter thing did they do who cast it into the sea. And lo ! because of this, sleep hath de- parted from our eyes."
But the wise men, who looked into the future con- cerning this matter, answered with kind words, saying : " Be ye of a good courage ; for, peradventure, there shall grow herefrom an excellent thing, that ye wot not of, even a fair heritage to a free people."