It is such a dreary length of time since the white bull carried off my sister Europa, that I have quite forgotten how she looked, and the tones of her voice, and, indeed, almost doubt whether such a little girl ever lived in the world.
In the depths of my heart, little Europa is still the rosy child who ran to gather flowers so many years ago.
If she really believed that they would ever find Europa, he was willing to continue the search with them, even now.
It is, therefore, plain to my mind, that Cilix secretly blamed himself for giving up the search for Europa, as long as he was able to put one foot before the other.
Sad, sad it was to hear them asking of every passer-by if he had seen Europa, so long after the white bull had carried her away.
But that would only delay you, and perhaps hinder you from finding dear little Europa, after all your pains and trouble.
"Being neither my son, nor the brother of our lost Europa, thou hast shown thyself truer to me and her than Phoenix and Cilix did, whom we have left behind us.
To his latest hour, nevertheless, King Thasus showed his true-hearted remembrance of Europa, by ordering that a fire should always be kept burning in his palace, and a bath steaming hot, and food ready to be served up, and a bed with snow-white sheets, in case the maiden should arrive, and require immediate refreshment.
I will not sadden you, my little hearers, with telling how Telephassa died and was buried, but will only say, that her dying smile grew brighter, instead of vanishing from her dead face; so that Cadmus left convinced that, at her very first step into the better world, she had caught Europa in her arms.
On his way thither, he still inquired of most people whom he met whether they had seen Europa; for, to say the truth, Cadmus had grown so accustomed to ask the question, that it came to his lips as readily as a remark about the weather.
"Sacred oracle of Delphi," said he, "whither shall I go next in quest of my dear sister Europa?"
From the very hour that he left following the butterfly in the meadow, near his father's palace, he had done his best to follow Europa, over land and sea.