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A Childs Dream of a Star(3)

As the child beheld10 his brother's angel in her arms, he cried, "O, sister, I am here! Take me!" And she turned and smiled upon him, and the star was shining.

 

He grew to be a young man, and was busy at his books when an old servant came to him and said:

 

"Thy mother is no more. I bring her blessing11 on her darling son!"

 

Again at night he saw the star, and all that former company. Said his sister's angel to the leader:

 

"Is my brother come?"

 

And he said, "Thy mother!"

 

A mighty12 cry of joy went forth through all the star, because the mother was reunited to her two children. And he stretched out his arms and cried, "O, mother, sister, and brother, I am here! Take me!" And they answered him, "Not yet," and the star was shining.

 

He grew to be a man, whose hair was turning gray, and he was sitting in his chair by the fireside, heavy with grief, and with his face bedewed with tears, when the star opened once again.

 

Said his sister's angel to the leader: "Is my brother come?"

 

And he said, "Nay13, but his maiden14 daughter."

 

And the man who had been the child saw his daughter, newly lost to him, a celestial15 creature among those three, and he said, "My daughter's head is on my sister's bosom16, and her arm is around my mother's neck, and at her feet there is the baby of old time, and I can bear the parting from her, God be praised!"

 

And the star was shining.

 

Thus the child came to be an old man, and his once smooth face was wrinkled, and his steps were slow and feeble, and his back was bent17. And one night as he lay upon his bed, his children standing round, he cried, as he had cried so long ago:

 

"I see the star!"

 

They whispered one to another, "He is dying."

 

And he said, "I am. My age is falling from me like a garment, and I move towards the star as a child. And O, my Father, now I thank Thee that it has so often opened, to receive those dear ones who await me!"

 

And the star was shining, and it shines upon his grave.


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