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MAN knelt at the altar and prayed.
"O God," he said, "I am all evil, without and within.
My soul is black with the color of my sin, and my
shoulders are bowed with the weight
of it. God of all mercies, be merciful to me, the
chief of sinners!"
As he went out he met a friend.
"Where have you been?" asked the friend.
"I have been at the altar," said the man, "confessing my
"Speaking of sins," said the friend,
"there is a fault that I have often noticed in you."
And he told him of his fault.
"Liar!" said the man, and smote him on the mouth.