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When they heard this, they proceeded with great alacrity to carry out his directions, while he called together his captains and spoke as follows: “I1 realize, friends, that it is possible for us now to take luncheon first, while our comrades are away, and to enjoy the choicest food and drink. But I do not think that it would be of more advantage to us to eat this luncheon than it would to show ourselves thoughtful for our comrades; neither do I think that this feasting would add as much to our strength as we should gain if we could make our allies devoted to us.

1 Cyrus exhorts the Persians to self-denial and consideration of others

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