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By Stephen Mitchell

An anthology of poetry selected from the world's nice spiritual and literary traditions--the ideal significant other to the bestselling Tao Te Ching.
• The Upanishads • The ebook of Psalms • Lao-tzu • The Bhagavad Gita • Chuang-tzu • The Odes of Solomon • Seng-ts'an • Han-shan • Li Po • Tu Fu • Layman P'ang • Kukai • Tung-shan • Symeon the recent Theologian • Izumi Shikibu • Su Tung-p'o • Hildegard of Bingen • Francis of Assisi • Wu-men • Dõgen • Rumi • Mechthild of Magdeburg • Dante • Kabir Mirabai • William Shakespeare • George Herbert • Bunan • Gensei • Angelus Silesius • Thomas Traherne • Basho • William Blake • Ryõkan • Issa • Ghalib • Bibi Hayati • Wait Whitman • Emily Dickinson • Gerard Manley Hopkins • Uvavnuk • nameless Navaho • W. B. Yeats • Antonio Machado • Rainer Maria Rilke • Wallace Stevens • D.H. Lawrence • Robinson Jeffers •

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Chelise stood on the front steps, holding an old toy drum that Father had given her two years earlier. She held the old man’s gaze for a moment. “He has to play,” she said, and then she started to beat her drum. Daniel began to sing again as they played together. Little Baby, pa rum pum pum pum I am a poor boy too, pa rum pum pum pum I have no gift to bring, pa rum pum pum pum That’s fit to give a King, pa rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, rum pum pum pum, 58 • THE DRUMMER BOY Shall I play for You, pa rum pum pum pum, On my drum?

But it doesn’t really matter. ” “The drum should be burned,” Father said. Daniel snatched his drum off the counter. “Burned? No, please! Please . ” “All this Christmas nonsense has caused too much trouble. ” Daniel’s mind whirled. TED DEKKER • 37 “If it’s just a drum, then it can’t cause any real trouble, right? ” They all looked at each other for a few moments. Father frowned. “He’s just a boy,” Mother said. ” Chelise asked. “Hush, Chelise,” Mother and Father said in unison. Father stood and took the drum from the sofa.

Some had drums, others used pots, others garbage cans, and 60 • THE DRUMMER BOY still others struck windows and walls. Grinning wide in giddy delight, Daniel stood in the middle of the street leading the orchestra in this announcement of the Christ child’s birth. ” And then an amazing thing happened. Someone on the adjacent street joined in. The City had been debating this song for three days now, and it seemed that the call to join had somehow become irresistible. Daniel could see them more than hear them— dozens, maybe hundreds of people beating out the cadence.

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