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EVARRA AND HIS GODS

Read here the story of Evarra—man—
Maker of Gods in lands beyond the sea.

Because the city had no wealth to give,
Because the caravans were spoiled afar,
Because his life was threatened by the King,
So that all men despised him in the streets,
He hewed the living rock, with sweat and tears,
And reared a God against the morning-gold,
A terror in the sunshine, seen afar,
And worshipped by the King; but, drunk with pride,
Because the city fawned to bring him back,
He carved upon the plinth: "Thus Gods are made,
"And whoso makes them otherwise shall die."
And all the people praised him.... Then he died.


Read here the story of Evarra—man—
Maker of Gods in lands beyond the sea.

Because he lived among a simple folk,
Because his village was between the hills,
Because he smeared his cheeks with blood of ewes,
He cut an idol from a fallen pine,

Smeared blood upon its cheeks, and wedged a shell