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God and the Flowers (From My Lady of the Chimney-Corner)
By Alexander Irvine
(An Irish peasant lad, born 1863, who became in turn stableman, man-of-wars-man, slum-missionary, clergyman, and Socialist agitator. A tender and loving picture of the authors mother, an Irish peasant-woman)
THAT night there was an unusual atmosphere in her corner. She had a newly tallied cap on her head and her little Sunday shawl over her shoulders. Her candle was burning and the hearth stones had an extra coat of whitewash. She drew me up close beside her and told me a story.
Once! a long, long time ago, God, feelin tired, went to sleep an had a nice wee nap on His throne. His head was in His hans an a wee white cloud came down an covered him up. Purty soon He wakes up an says He:
Me boy, says God, take a million tons of th choicest seeds of th flowers of Heaven an take a trip around th world wi them. Scatter them, says He, be th roadsides an th wild places of th earth where my poor live.