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NEWSLETTER CHRISTMAS issue December 17, 1997 ------------------------------------------------------------------ Dedicated to the Spirit of Christmas and Abu Ben Adhem ------------------------------------------------------------------ ABU BEN ADHEM by James Henry Leigh Hunt (1784-1859) ABOU BEN ADHEM (MAY HIS TRIBE INCREASE!) Awoke one night from a deep dream of peace, And saw within the moonlight in his room, Making it rich and like a lily in bloom An angel writing in a book of gold. Exceeding peace had made Ben Adhem bold; And to the presence in the room he said, "What writest thou?" The vision raised its head, And, with a look made of all sweet accord, Answered, "The names of those who love the Lord." "And is mine one?" said Abou, "Nay, not so," Replied the angel. Abou spoke more low, But cheerly still; and said, "I pray thee, then, Write me as one that loves his fellow-men." The angel wrote, and vanished. The next night It came again, with a great wakening light, And showed the names whom love of God had blessed; And, lo! Ben Adhem's name led all the rest. Author's Note: The above selection is written in imitation of an oriental fable. --------------------------------------------------------------- ". . .and suddenly there was with the Angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising GOD and saying: GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST AND PEACE TO HIS PEOPLE ON EARTH" M E R R Y C H R I S T M A S, M Y A N G E L S!!!! JMT/"MARVELOUS MOM"/(codename: GRACE UNLIMITED)

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