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Young Folks’ Treasury: Myths and Legendary Heroes, by Hamilton Wright Mabie, Editor

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If a hero had killed a serpent, in time it would become a fiery dragon; and if he won a great battle, its enthusiastic reciters had him perform prodigious feats beyond belief. But do not fancy from this that the heroes were everyday people. Indeed, they were quite extraordinary, and deserved the highest praise from their fellow men.