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CHAPTER 3: Now when Darius reigned, he made a great feast unto all his subjects, and unto all his household, and unto all the prince’s of Media and Persia. And to all the governor’s and captains, and lieutenants that were under him, from India on to Ethiopia, a hundred twenty and seven provinces. And when they had finished eating and drinking, and being satisfied, were gone home. Then Darius the king went into his bedchamber, and slept, and soon after awaked. Then three young men, that were of the guard that kept the king’s body, spoke one to another ; Let us speak a sentence; he that shall overcome, and who sentence shall seem wiser than the others, unto him shall the king Darius give great gifts, and great things in token of victory: As, to be clothed in purple, to drink in gold, and to sleep upon gold, and a chariot with bridles of gold, and they headtire of fine linen, and a chain about his neck: And he shall sit next to Darius because of his wisdom, and shall be called Darius his cousin. And then everyone wrote his sentence, sealed it, and laid it under king Darius  his pillow; And said that, when the king is risen, some will give him the writings; and of whose side the king and the three princess of Persia shall judge that his sentence is the wisest, to him shall the victory be given, as was appointed. The first wrote, Wine is the strongest. The second wrote, the king is strongest; The third wrote, women are strongest: but above all things Truth taketh away the victory. Now when the king was risen up, they took their writings, and delivered them unto him, and so he read them: And sending forth he called all the princess of Persia and Media, and the governors, and the captains, and the lieutenants, and the chief officers; And sat them down in the royal seat of judgment, and the writings were read before them. And he said, call the young men, and they shall declare their own sentences. So they were called, and came in. And he said unto them, Declare unto us your mind concerning the writings. Then began the first, who has spoken of the strength of wine; And he said thus, Oh ye men, how exceeding strong is wine! it causes all man to err that drink it: It make the mind of the king and the fatherless child to be all one; of the bondman and of the freeman, of the poorman and of the rich: It turns also every thought into jollity and mirth, so that a man remembers neither sorrow or debt: And it make it every heart rich, so that a man remembers neither king or governor; and it make to speak all things by talents: And when they are in their cups, they forget their love both to friends and brethren,  and a little after draw out swords: But when they are from the wine, they remember not what they have done. Oh ye men, is not wine the strongest, that enforce to do this? and when he had so spoken, he held his peace