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It is said that Cyrus, the founder of the Persian Empire, once had captured a prince

and his family. When they came before him, the monarch asked the prisoner, "What will

you give me if I release you?" "The half of my wealth," was his reply. "And if I release

your children?" "Everything I possess." "And if I release your wife?" "Your Majesty, I will

give myself." Cyrus was so moved by his devotion that he freed them all. As they returned

home, the prince said to his wife, "Wasn’t Cyrus a handsome man!" With a look of deep

love for her husband, she said to him, "I didn’t notice. I could only keep my eyes on you-

-the one who was willing to give himself for me."

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