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Sesame and Lilies - John Ruskin

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Sesame and Lilies

Contents:

Lecture I--Sesame
Lecture II--Lilies
Preface to the Later Editions
Lecture III--The Mystery of Life and its Arts



LECTURE I--SESAME.  OF KING'S TREASURIES



"You shall each have a cake of sesame,--and ten pound."
Lucian:  The Fisherman.


My first duty this evening is to ask your pardon for the ambiguity
of title under which the subject of lecture has been announced:  for
indeed I am not going to talk of kings, known as regnant, nor of
treasuries, understood to contain wealth; but of quite another order
of royalty, and another material of riches, than those usually
acknowledged.  I had even intended to ask your attention for a
little while on trust, and (as sometimes one contrives, in taking a
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