Michael's Palace

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Michael: dat ben ik

Lotje : is mijn vriendin

Sabry: de duivel

Martijn, Toon en Lonneke: zijn vrienden

The story of Michael

In the land of Valkenswaard there lived a man whose name was Michael. This man was blameless and upright; he loved Lotje and shunned evil.

He had seven cars and three houses, and he owned seven thousand-acre's of land, three thousand cows, five hundred yoke of oxen and five hundred horses, and had a large number of servants. He was the greatest man among all the people of the South.

His friends, Toon Martijn and Lonneke used to take turns holding feasts in their homes, and they would invite their three friends to eat and drink with them.

When a period of feasting had run its course, Michael would send and have them purified. Early in the morning he would sacrifice a burnt offering for each of them, thinking, "Perhaps my children have sinned and cursed Lotje in their hearts." This was Michael's regular custom.

One day the angels came to present themselves before Lotje, and Sabry also came with them.

The Lotje said to Sabry, "Where have you come from?" Sabry answered Lotje, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it, in short Amsterdam"

Then Lotje said to Sabry, "Have you considered my loved one Michael? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who loves me and shuns evil."

"Does Michael love you for nothing?" Sabry replied.

"Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that he became rich and happy.

But stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face."

Lotje said to Sabry, "Very well, then, everything he has is in your hands, but on the man himself do not lay a finger." Then Sabry went out from the presence of Lotje.

One day when Michael's friends were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house, a messenger came to Michael and said, "The cows were plowing and the horses were grazing nearby, and the Sabry's doombrigade attacked and killed them off.

They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"

While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, "The fire of Sabry fell from the sky and burned up the cars and the servants, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"

While he was still speaking, another messenger came and said, "The Sabrydeans formed three raiding parties and swept down on your camels and carried them off. They put the servants to the sword, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"

While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, "Your friends were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother's house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!"

At this, Michael got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said: "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked I will depart.

Lotje gave and the Lotje has taken away; may the name of the Lotje be praised."

In all this, Michael did not sin by charging Lotje with wrongdoing. He kept on loving Lotje

Chapter 2

On another day the angels came to present themselves before the Lotje, and Sabry also came with them to present himself before him.

And Lotje said to Sabry, "Where have you come from?" Sabry answered the Lotje, "From roaming through the earth and going back and forth in it, in short Amsterdam"

Then Lotje said to Sabry, "Have you considered my loved one Michael? There is no one on earth like him; he is blameless and upright, a man who loves me and shuns evil.

And he still maintains his integrity, though your incited me against him to ruin him without any reason."

"Skin for skin!" Sabry replied. "A man will give all he has for his own life.

But stretch out your hand and strike his flesh and bones, and he will surely curse you to your face."

The Lotje said to Sabry, "Very well, then, he is in your hands; but you must spare his life."

So Sabry went out from the presence of the Lotje and afflicted Michael with painful sores from the soles of his feet to the top of his head.

Then Michael took a piece of broken pottery and scraped himself with it as he sat among the ashes.

His brother said to him, "Are you still holding on to your integrity? Curse Lotje and die!"

He replied, "You are talking like a foolish man. Shall we accept good from Lotje, and not trouble?" In all this, Michael did not sin in what he said.

When Michael's three friends, Toon the Terrible, Martijn the M and Lonneke the Moaner, heard about all the troubles that had come upon him, they set out from their homes and met together by agreement to go and sympathize with him and comfort him.

When they saw him from a distance, they could hardly recognize him; they began to weep aloud, and they tore their robes and sprinkled dust on their heads.

Then they sat on the ground with him for seven days and seven nights. No one said a word to him, because they saw how great his suffering was.

The end

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