It was the merit of work performed, a guerdon
of manhood finer and greater than any other man could offer, and it had been to him his justification and right to possess her.
``and without guerdon
; my oath, for a time, prohibits me from touching gold.''
For it is a usual and ancient custom with knights and ladies errant to give the squires, damsels, or dwarfs who bring tidings of their ladies to the knights, or of their knights to the ladies, some rich jewel as a guerdon
for good news,' and acknowledgment of the message."
He too received a noble recompense for his devotedness to the best interests of his country, taking with him into the retirement of private life the hatred of a host of enemies, and the fresh scars of wounds inflicted by assassins, only too often the sole guerdon
obtained by honest people, who are guilty of having worked for their country, and of having forgotten their own private interests.
Such is the policy by which I seek To serve the Commons and conformably I have proclaimed an edict as concerns The sons of Oedipus; Eteocles Who in his country's battle fought and fell, The foremost champion--duly bury him With all observances and ceremonies That are the guerdon
of the heroic dead.
OEDIPUS Well, thou shalt have due guerdon
for thy pains.