Midas' beloved daughter, seeing his dismay,
threw her arms about him to comfort him,
and, she too turned to gold!
The golden touch
There was once
a king named Midas who did a good deed for a Satyr and was
granted a wish by the God of wine, Dionysus. For his wish, Midas
asked that whatever he touched would turn to gold. Although
Dionysus tried to dissuade him, Midas insisted that the wish was
an excellent one, and it was granted!
Midas went about touching all sorts of things, turning them into
became hungry. He picked up a piece of food, but he couldn't eat
it, for it had turned to gold in his hand! "I'll starve," moaned
Midas, "Perhaps this was not such a good wish after all!"
daughter, seeing his dismay, threw her arms about him to comfort
him, and, she too turned to gold! "The golden touch is no
blessing," cried Midas. He went to the river and wept. The sand
of that river turned as yellow as "fool's gold" for it is there,
they say, that King Midas washed away the curse of the golden
touch with his own tears.
1. How did Midas get the
magic of turning anything into gold?
2. Why couldn't Midas eat
the food in his hand?
3. What happened to Midas'
4. What can we learn from
funny play performed by modern kids)
essay on Midas in detail)
essay on Midas by Anna Baldwin)