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things, he was told that a neighbour of his had found a pan of money under ground, having dreamed of it three nights running before. These tidings were daggers to the heart of poor Whang. "Here am I," says he, "toiling and moiling from morning till night for a few paltry farthings, while neighbour Hunks only goes quietly to bed, and dreams himself into thousands before morning.

4. "Oh that I could dream like him! with what pleasure would I dig round the pan; how slyly would I carry it home; not even my wife should see me; and then, oh, the pleasure of thrusting one's hand into a heap of gold up to the elbow !"

5. Such thoughts only served to make the miller unhappy; he discontinued his former carefulness; he was quite disgusted with small gains, and his customers began to forsake him. Every day he repeated the wish, and every night laid himself down in order to dream. Fortune, that was for a long time unkind, at last, however, seemed to smile upon his distresses, and indulged him with the wished-for vision.

6. He dreamed that under a certain part of the foundation of his mill there was concealed a large pan of gold and diamonds, buried deep in the ground and covered with a big flat stone. He rose up, thanked the stars that were at last pleased to take pity on his sufferings.

7. He concealed his good luck from every person, as is usual in money dreams, in order to have the vision repeated the two succeeding nights, by which he should be certain of its truth. His wishes in this also were answered; he still dreamed of the same pan of money, in the very same place.

8. Now, therefore, it was past a doubt; so, getting up early the third morning, he repaired alone, with a mattock in his hand, to the mill, and began to undermine that part of the wall which the vision directed. The first omen of success that he met was a broken mug; digging still deeper, he turned up a house tile, quite new and entire.

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9. At last, after much digging, he came to the broad flat stone, but then so large that it was beyond one man's strength to remove it. Here," cried he, in raptures, to himself, "here it is! under this stone there is room. for a very large pan of diamonds indeed! I must e'en go home to my wife, and tell her the whole affair, and get her to assist me in turning it up."

10. Away therefore he goes, and tells his wife of their good fortune. Her raptures on this occasion may easily be imagined; they therefore speedily returned together to the place where Whang had been digging, and foundnot indeed the expected treasure, but the mill, their only support, undermined and fallen.

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1. Two angels, one of LIFE and one of DEATH, Passed o'er our village as the morning

broke ;

The dawn was on their faces, and be

neath,

The sombre houses hearsed with plumes of smoke.

2. Their attitude and aspect were the same, Alike their features and their robes of

white;

But one was crowned with amaranth, as with flame,

And one with asphodels, like flakes of light.

3. I saw them pause on their celestial

way;

Then said I, with deep fear and doubt oppressed,

"Beat not so loud, my heart, lest thou betray

The place where thy beloved are at rest!"

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4. And he who wore the crown of asphodels, Descending, at my door began to knock, And my soul sank within me, as in wells The waters sink before an earthquake's shock.

5. I recognised the nameless agony,

The terror and the tremor and the pain, That oft before had filled or haunted me, And now returned with threefold strength again.

6. The door I opened to my heavenly guest, And listened, for I thought I heard God's voice;

And, knowing whatsoe'er He sent was best,
Dared neither to lament nor to rejoice.

7. Then with a smile, that filled the house with light,

"My errand is not Death, but Life," he

said;

And, ere I answered, passing out of sight,
On his celestial embassy he sped.

8. 'Twas at thy door, O friend! and not at mine,

The angel with the amaranthine

wreath,

Pausing, descended, and with voice

divine,

Whispered a word that had a sound like Death.

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