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Macarius and the Hyena
Music: George Frideric Handel
A monk of the Egyptian desert helped a desperate mother, and was richly rewarded.

THEY say that as Macarius was praying one day, a hyena crept into his desert cave and began to lick his feet.

Finding the monk slow to comprehend, the hyena gently tugged at his tunic and tried to draw him towards the door.

Still puzzled, Macarius followed her until they came to her own cave.

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