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THE SHOWER OF GOLD
NCE upon a time lived a poor little maiden, whose father
and mother were both dead, and the child was so very
poor that she had no little room to live in nor even a
bed to lie on. At last all her clothes were gone excepting
those she wore, and she had nothing to eat but a piece
of bread, which she held in her hand. She was good and
pious, and although forsaken by all the world, she knew
that God would take care of her, and she went out into
the field and prayed to him.
She was walking along the road with a piece of bread in
her hand, when she met a poor old man, who said to her,
"Please give me something to eat; I am so hungry." She
gave him the whole piece, and continued her walk.
Presently she saw a little child sitting by the
roadside crying, and as she passed, the child cried to
her, "Oh, my head is so cold! do give me something to
cover it." Instantly she took off her hood and gave it
to the child.
A little farther on the maiden met another child, who
said she was freezing for want of a cloak; so she gave
up her own.
At length she entered a forest, where it was quite
dark, and here she intended to sleep. She had not gone
far before she found another poor little child, with
scarcely any clothing at all, and nearly dying with
cold. The good maiden thought to herself, "It is quite
dark now, and no one will see me;" so she took off her
skirt and covered the poor, shivering child with it.
Now the good maiden had nothing left in the world, and
she was turning to go into the forest and cover herself
with leaves, when suddenly a golden shower fell around
her from heaven. A little angel had watched the kind
maiden and took pity on her and sent down a shower of
stars, which turned into golden dollars when they
reached the ground. She found herself covered from head
to foot with warm clothes. Then she gathered up the
money, carried it away, and was rich the rest of her