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A certain old man came unto one of the holy men who was a companion of his, and who cooked a few lentils; and one of the two said unto his fellow, “Shall we sing a part of the service?” And he sang the whole of the Psalms of David, and his companion repeated two books of the Great Prophets, and when it was morning the old man departed to his own place, and they forgot all about the food.

And the old man went another evening and found the food which had been cooked, and he was sorry and said, “Oh! How was it that we came to forget that little mess of lentils, and did not eat it?”

Paradisus Patrum