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No. 57 (December 1966)
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long time in a lone, dim, shadowy night. At last he came to a house, but saw no living being. All was still. He spoke towards the pillar of the house, but received no answer, he spoke toward the gable of the house, but received no answer. Then, when he went confused and ashamed along the wall of the house, he heard someone inside the house, calling out to him: ‘Where, Tane, art thou going?’ ‘I am following our sister,’ he replied. Then that one inside said:—

‘Go back, Tane, to the world of light,
To train up our children.
Leave me here, in the world of night,
To draw down our children.’