A Time to Keep

A Time to Keep

A Time to Keep

A Time to Keep

Excerpt

"THE CRADLE OF OUR NATION IS THE VILLAGE," SAY the Romanians, for the new blood comes from the village. Teachers, lawyers, magistrates, physicians, statesmen come from peasant stock.

Our village was in Transylvania, the region enclosed by the Carpathian Mountains, which have the form of a sickle, its point reaching at the north into Czechoslovakia, the handle dipping southward into Yugoslavia.

It was considered a large village, having over five hundred homesteads and over three thousand souls. In many of the homes three generations lived in peace and harmony, for the youngest generation was united to the oldest by a common faith, the Christian, and a lore that the folk preserved as their heritage of the ages. "From the beginning of the world," the peasants said.

About the beginning of the world they were clear. The Bible gave it to them simply enough. It was when God created it in six days, including Adam and Eve. And it was very good, God said, in His infinite wisdom.

"While we do not live in Paradise, we have a beautiful . . .

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