I saw a woman sleeping. In her sleep she dreamt Life stood before her, andheld in each hand a gift--in the one Love, in the other Freedom. And shesaid to the woman, "Choose!"And the woman waited long: and she said, "Freedom!"And Life said, "Thou hast well chosen. If thou hadst said, 'Love,' I wouldhave given thee that thou didst ask for; and I would have gone from thee,and returned to thee no more. Now, the day will come when I shall return.In that day I shall bear both gifts in one hand."I heard the woman laugh in her sleep.London.