A Fleece of Gold

Charles Stewart Given
A Fleece of Gold

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Title: A Fleece of Gold Five Lessons from the Fable of Jason and the
Golden Fleece
Author: Charles Stewart Given
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A Fleece of Gold
Five Lessons from the Fable of Jason and the Golden Fleece
Charles Stewart Given

Second Edition Revised

To my sons Kingsley and Gordon
"Jason and his men seized the favorable moment of the rebound, plied
their oars with vigor, and passed through in safety."


I. The Ruling Element, "Jason and his men."
II. The Golden Quality, "They passed through."
III. The Messenger of Fate, "They seized the favourable moment."
IV. The Active Hand, "They plied their oars with vigor."
V. Ethics of Activity


Among the smaller forces which operate upon the mind and tend
toward strengthening and exalting the best ideals, are little books like
this. They are especially valuable when so much of the author's own

experience forms a thread upon which are suspended jewels of thought
and illustration serviceable to those who would see and know the best
I have found these characteristics in this small volume, and gladly
recommend it to all those who would become more familiar with what
our author calls "the key to that cabinet of character in which nature
conceals not only the motive power of every-day life, but those latent
talents and energies that, through a knowledge of self, we can bring to
bear upon our lives." This book will help many who have small
opportunities in the form of time and money to expend in the use of
larger volumes.
Charles Stewart Given


The fable of Jason and the Golden Fleece is known to old and young
the world around. To the latter, perhaps, no other simple narrative in
Greek mythology is more fascinating, nor holds a more valuable lesson
if they will but seek to learn it. But especially to the boy or young man
of thoughtful mind does the glorious adventure appeal and make its
lessons obvious. By way of refreshing the memory of those who were
once familiar with the myth, but who, in the practical school of
experience, have lost the chord of their adventure-loving days; and also
for those, perchance, who are not acquainted with the tale, a brief
sketch will here serve our purpose.
In Thessaly dwell a king and a queen with their two children, a boy and
a girl. The holy alliance between the two royal members of the
household becomes disrupted, and Nephele, the good mother, appeals
to Mercury, the messenger of the gods, to assist her in secretly placing
the children out of reach of their father, the king. Mercury provides a
ram with a golden fleece, on which the boy and girl are placed. The
shining creature springs into the air, bearing its precious burden across
the sea. Unfortunately, the girl falls from the ram's back and is drowned,
but the boy is landed safely on the other shore in the kingdom of
Colchis. Here he sacrifices the ram to Jupiter and presents the golden
fleece to the king, who places it in a consecrated grove under the care
of a sleepless dragon.

Now Jason is heir to the throne of Æson, ruler of another kingdom in
Thessaly, from whence the royal children started on their adventurous
journey. Years have passed, however, since this remarkable incident,
and Jason, being now a young man and having been told the dramatic
tale of the Golden Fleece, begins to think what a glorious adventure it
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