The Lost Son
There was a householder's son who went away into a distant
country, and while the father accumulated immeasurable riches,
the son became miserably poor. And the son while searching for
food and clothing happened to come to the country in which his
father lived. And the father saw him in his wretchedness, for he
was ragged and brutalized by poverty, and ordered some of his
servants to call him.
When the son saw the place to which he was conducted, he thought,
"I must have evoked the suspicion of a powerful man, and he will
throw me into prison." Full of apprehension he made his escape
before he had seen his father.
Then the father sent messengers out after his son, who was caught
and brought back in spite of his cries and lamentations.
Thereupon the father ordered his servants to deal tenderly with
his son, and he appointed a laborer of his son's rank and
education to employ the lad as a helpmate on the estate. And the
son was pleased with his new situation.
From the window of his palace the father watched the boy, and
when he saw that he was honest and industrious, he promoted him
higher and higher.
After some time, he summoned his son and called together all his
servants, and made the secret known to them. Then the poor man
was exceedingly glad and he was full of joy at meeting his
Little by little must the minds of men be trained for higher
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