The Other Wise Man

  • PREFACE

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    It is now some years since this little story was set afloat on the sea of books.

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  • It is not a man-of-war, nor even a high-sided merchantman; only a small, peaceful sailing-vessel.

  • Yet it has had rather an adventurous voyage.

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    Twice it has fallen into the hands of pirates.

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  • The tides have carried it to far countries.

  • It has been passed through the translator's port of entry into German, French, Armenian, Turkish, and perhaps some other foreign regions.

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    Once I caught sight of it flying the outlandish flag of a brand-new phonetic language along the coasts of France; and once it was claimed by a dealer in antiquities as a long-lost legend of the Orient.

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  • Best of all, it has slipped quietly into many a far-away harbor that I have never seen, and found a kindly welcome, and brought back messages of good cheer from unknown friends.

  • Now it has turned home to be new-rigged and fitted for further voyaging.

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    Before it is sent out again I have been asked to tell where the story came from and what it means.

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  • I do not know where it came fromβ€” out of the air, perhaps.

  • One thing is certain, it is not written in any other book, nor is it to be found among the ancient lore of the East.

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    And yet I have never felt as if it were my own.

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  • It was a gift.

  • It was sent to me; and it seemed as if I knew the Giver, though His name was not spoken.

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    The year had been full of sickness and sorrow.

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  • Every day brought trouble.

  • Every night was tormented with pain.

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    They are very longβ€” those nights when one lies awake, and hears the laboring heart pumping wearily at its task, and watches for the morning, not knowing whether it will ever dawn.

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