Put the verbs in the parentheses in present tense (presens)

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The king (was) a man of sense, and he (grew) very tired of hearing such foolish speeches. One day he (was) by the seashore, and his officers (were) with him. They (were) praising him, as they (were) in the habit of doing. He (thought) that now he (would) teach them a lesson, and so he (asked) them to set his chair on the beach close by the edge of the water.