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Brave Men and Women

Brave Men and Women

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HAROLD.

THE LAST SAXON KING OF ENGLAND.

The father of Harold, the last Saxon king of England, was named Godwin,
and was the first great English statesman. It was from him that Harold in a
great measure inherited his vigor and power, though, indeed, he came
altogether of a noble race, both by lineage and character, for his mother was
a daughter of Canute the Great.

All the English loved Harold; he was strong and generous, and a better
counselor than Godwin, his father, in many ways. At first he never sought
any thing for himself; but as time went on, and he found how he was
obeyed, and how he was beloved, how the whole country turned her eyes to
him as the fittest king when Edward the Confessor should be gone, he also
took the same idea into his mind, and gave himself to rule, to teach, and to
act as one who should by and by be king.

Edward's queen, Edith, was Harold's sister; but there was another Edith,
who influenced Harold more than any one else in many ways. From his
boyhood he and she had played together, and they grew up, never so much
as thinking that a time would come when they would separate.

The more Harold saw her the more he felt he should like to ask her to be his
wife, and have her always with him; but there were many things which
made that impossible. And then England required Harold. If he thought
only of his own happiness his country must suffer. The great nobles wished
him to establish the kingdom by marrying the daughter of one of the most
powerful lords; this would connect the people and the land more closely,
and prevent quarrels and divisions; and the government required the whole
of Harold's services, and the people required his watchfulness, his thought,
his care, his presence.

All his life through he had consulted Edith, and now at this terrible moment
he consulted her again. He stood before her, and in great trouble and agony
of spirit told her just how things were, scarcely daring to look at the woman

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