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I have never had time to go to Eastdean again,
though it is a promise that we will do so when
we may.

It is the word of Ina my master that all things
go well where I bear rule for him, and I fear little
blame, if little praise may be for me, when Owen
comes to us from time to time. If there is any
praise, it is due to my fair British princess, who is
my best adviser in all things.

So there is peace ; and some day, and that no
distant one, there will grow up here a new race in
the west, wrought of the blood of Saxon and Briton
and Norseman ; and the men of that Devon and
Somerset that shall be, will have the doggedness
of the Saxon and the fire of the Welsh and the
boldness of the Norse, to be first of all England,
maybe in peace and in war, on shore and at sea.
And that will have been brought to pass by the
wisdom of Ina, whose even laws are held the wisest
that the race of Hengist has ever known. It is in
my mind that the lesson of the wisdom of equal
rights for all men, whether conquered or conqueror,
is one that will bide with us in the days to come,
and be our pride.

Now it seems that I have told my story so far
as any will care to hear it. But if there has been
aught worth telling it has centered round that one



410 A PRINCE OF CORNWALL

who took me from the jaws of the wild wolf in the
Andredsweald. First in my heart, and first in the
hearts of his people now at last, must be set the
name of my foster-father, Owen the Prince of
Cornwall.



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