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A Picture from the Ramparts

A Picture from the Ramparts

It is autumn, and we are standing on the ramparts of the citadel, gazing at the ships on the sound and the distant coast of Sweden rising beyond, bright in the evening sunlight. Behind us the ramparts drop abruptly; growing below us are stately trees whose golden leaves are falling from their branches. Down below […]

01Mar
2012
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The Phoenix Bird

The Phoenix Bird

Beneath the tree of knowledge in the garden of paradise stood a rosebush. And here, in the first rose, a bird was born. His plumage was beautiful, his song glorious, and his flight was like the flashing of light. But when Eve plucked the fruit of the tree of knowledge, and she and Adam were […]

01Mar
2012
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The Penman

The Penman

There once was a man who held an office that required good penmanship. While he filled the office ably otherwise, he was incapable of good penmanship. So he advertised in the newspaper for someone with a fine handwriting; and so many applied that the applications could have filled a whole bucket. But one was all […]

01Mar
2012
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Pen and Inkstand

Pen and Inkstand

In a poet’s study, somebody made a remark as he looked at the inkstand that was standing on the table: “It’s strange what can come out of that inkstand! I wonder what the next thing will be. Yes, it’s strange!” “That it is!” said the Inkstand. “It’s unbelievable, that’s what I have always said.” The […]

01Mar
2012
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Peiter, Peter, and Peer

Peiter, Peter, and Peer

It is unbelievable all that children know nowadays; one can scarcely say what they don’t know. They no longer believe the old story that the stork brought them to father and mother out of the well or the millpond when they were little, and yet it is really true. But how did the little ones […]

01Mar
2012
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On Judgment Day

On Judgment Day

The most solemn of all the days of our life is the day we die. It is judgment day, the great sacred day of transfiguration. Have you really seriously given a fleeting thought to that grave and mighty last hour we shall spend on earth? There was once a man, a stanch upholder of truth, […]

01Mar
2012
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Ole, the Tower Keeper

Ole, the Tower Keeper

“In this world things go up and down and down and up!” said Ole, the tower keeper. “Now I can’t get any higher! Up and down and down and up; that’s the fate of most of us; in fact, we all become tower keepers at last; we look at life and things from above.” Thus […]

01Mar
2012
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Ole Lukoie

Ole Lukoie

There’s no one on earth who knows so many stories as Ole Lukoie-he certainly can tell them! When night comes on and children still sit in good order around the table, or on their little stools, Ole Lukoie arrives. He comes upstairs quietly, for he walks in his socks. Softly he opens the door, and flick! […]

01Mar
2012
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The Old Tombstone

The Old Tombstone

In a small provincial town lived a man who owned his own house. There one evening he and his whole family were gathered together. It was the time of year when people say, “The evenings are growing longer,” and it was still pleasant and warm; the lamp was lit, long curtains hung down before the […]

01Mar
2012
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The Old Street Lamp

The Old Street Lamp

Have you ever heard the story of the old Street Lamp? It’s really not very amusing, but you might listen to it for once. It was such an honest lamp, which had done its duty for many, many years and which was now going to be discarded. It was the last evening it hung on […]