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The Poetical Works of George MacDonald (Parables)

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Sweep and sweep and sweep the floor,

  Sweep the dust, pick up the pin; Make it clean from fire to door,

  Clean for father to come in!

Mother said that God goes sweeping,

  Looking, sweeping with a broom, All the time that we are sleeping,

  For a shilling in the room:

Did he drop it out of glory,

  Walking far above the birds? Or did parson make the story

  For the thinking afterwards?

If I were the swept-for shilling

  I would hearken through the gloom; Roll out fast, and fall down willing

  Right before the sweeping broom!

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