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The Praise Of Dust

"What of vile dust?" the preacher said.  Methought the whole world woke,The dead stone lived beneath my foot,  And my whole body spoke."You, that play tyrant to the dust,  And stamp its wrinkled face,This patient star that flings you not  Far into...

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A Piece of Chalk

(Published in Tremendous Trifles, Methuen and Co Ltd, London, 1909. Originally appeared in the DAILY NEWS, November 4, 1905.) I remember one splendid morning, all blue and silver, in the summer holidays when I reluctantly tore myself away from the...

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Christmas Poem

There fared a mother driven forth     Out of an inn to roam;     In the place where she was homeless     All men are at home.     The crazy stable close at hand,     With shaking timber and shifting sand,     Grew a stronger thing to abide and...

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The Donkey

        When fishes flew and forests walked           And figs grew upon thorn,         Some moment when the moon was blood           Then surely I was born.                   With monstrous head and sickening cry           And ears like errant...

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DIVORCE VERSUS DEMOCRACY

PREFACEI have been asked to put forward in pamphlet form this rather hasty essay as it appeared in "Nash's Magazine"; and I do so by the kind permission of the editor. The rather chaotic quality of its journalism it is now impossible to alter. The...

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The Christmas Star

PART 1:  When was Jesus born?The Christmas story, as told by Matthew and Luke, with the angels, shepherds, wise men and star has gripped the imagination of many over the last 20 centuries. What is interesting is that these biblical narratives...

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Magi

Magi(Plural of Latin magus; Greek magoi). The "wise men from the East" who came to adore Jesus in Bethlehem (Matthew 2). Rationalists regard the Gospel account as fiction; Catholics insist that it is a narrative of fact, supporting their...

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