The Aran Islands By John M. Synge





































































































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Long ago we used all to be pagans, and the saints used to be coming
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- Long Ago We Used All To Be Pagans, And The Saints Used To Be Coming To Teach Us About God And The Creation Of The World.

The people on the middle island were the last to keep a hold on the fire-worshipping, or whatever

It was they had in those days, but in the long run a saint got in among them and they began listening to him, though they would often say in the evening they believed, and then say the morning after that they did not believe. In the end the saint gained them over and they began building a church, and the saint had tools that were in use with them for working with the stones. When the church was halfway up the people held a kind of meeting one night among themselves, when the saint was asleep in his bed, to see if they did really believe and no mistake in it.

The leading man got up, and this is what he said: that they should go down and throw their tools over the cliff, for if there was such a man as God, and if the saint was as well known to Him as he said, then he would be as well able to bring up the tools out of the sea as they were to throw them in.

They went then and threw their tools over the cliff.

When the saint came down to the church in the morning the workmen were all sitting on the stones and no work doing.

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