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‘Patience!’ said Faramir,

but without anger.

‘Do not speak before your master,

whose wit is greater than yours.

And I do not need any

to teach me of our peril.

Even so, I spare a brief time,

in order to judge justly

in a hard matter.

Were I as hasty as you,

I might have slain you long ago.

For I am commanded to slay

all whom I find in this land

without the leave of the Lord of Gondor.

But I do not slay man or beast needlessly,

and not gladly even when it is needed.

Neither do I talk in vain.

So be comforted.

Sit by your master, and be silent! ‘

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