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Daedalus (from the Greek daidallein, to work artistically) is the name of a half mythological half historical man who was the most ancient Greek sculptor, architect, and mechanician, and the father of Cretan art. He is supposed to have lived in the 13th century B.C., and to have been contemporary with Theseus and Minos. Originally of Athens, he is said to have killed his nephew who was a rival artist, and to have been exiled and to have taken refuge in Crete, where he constructed the labyrinth for Minos. Shut in this labyrinth with his son Icarus, he made wings and the two escaped, but Icarus flew too near the sun and melted the wax which fastened his wings, and, falling, was drowned in the sea which afterwards bore his name. Some have explained this wing story by saying that Daedalus invented sails by means of which he outstripped Minos's rowing-boats. Daedalus is said to have reached Cumae and to have gone to Sicily, where he built a fortress for the king. What Orpheus was to poetry, says one writer, and Linus to music, such was Daedalus to mechanics.

“God is a skilful physician. He knows what is best. God observes the several tempers of men, and knows what will work most effectually. Some are of a more sweet disposition, and are drawn by mercy: others are more rugged and knotty pieces: these God deals with in a more forcible way. Some things are kept in sugar, some in brine. God doth not deal alike with all, he hath trials for the strong, and cordials for the weak.”
–Thomas Watson, A Divine Cordial