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Stories, Dreams and Allegories. Schreiner, Olive, 1855–1920.
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page: 128

GOD’S GIFTS TO MEN

THE angels stood before God’s throne to take down his gifts to men.

One said, “What shall I take to the little child?”

God said, “A long cloudless day in which there shall be no rain, to play in.”

And one said, “What shall I take to the woman?”

And God said, “The touch of a little child upon her breast.”

And one said, “For the man?”

God said, “He has all things, let him enjoy.”

“And what shall I take for the poet?”

And there was silence for a little while.

And God said, “For the poet, a long sleep in which there shall be no dream, and to which there shall be no waking: his eyes are heavy.”

And the angels went down.

Alassio, Riviera, Italy.
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