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HOW THE ROBIN GOT ITS RED BREAST.

WHEN CHRIST WAS SUFFERING ON THE CROSS, AND BLOOD TRICKLED DOWN
HIS FOREHEAD DUE TO THE SHARP THORNS OF HIS CROWN, A ROBIN FLEW BY
THE LORD'S HEAD AND TOOK PITY ON HIM. THE BIRD WONDERED HOW HE COULD
ALLEVIATE OUR LORD'S PAIN. HE THOUGHT HE WOULD TRY AND REMOVE AT
LEAST ONE OF THE THORNS FROM HIS FOREHEAD. AS HE TUGGED AT THE
THORN IT, IN TURN, PIERCED HIS BREAST--AND EVER SINCE THE ROBIN BEAR
THE MARK OF A RED BREAST DUE TO ITS HEROIC DEED.

Data entry tech comment: GRAMMAR CORRECTED BY KEYPUNCHER.

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Creation and Order of Animal Life
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Religious hero

Date learned: NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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