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Subject: The Gift   by Garth Brooks


  A                                                      E7
A poor orphan girl named Maria was walking to market one day.
    E7                                                                  A
She stopped for to rest by the roadside where a bird with a broken wing lay.
  A                                                                     E7
A few moments passed till she saw it for its feathers were covered with
sand,
    E7
A
But soon, cleaned and wrapped, it was traveling in the warmth of Maria's
small hand.
    D                               A            E7         A
She happily gave her last peso on a cage made of rushes and twine.
    D                                     A                             E7
She fed it loose corn from the market and watched it grow stronger with
time.
         A
E7
Now, the Christmas Eve service was coming, and the church shone with tinsel
and light.
    E7                                                             A
And all of the townfolk brought presents to lay by the manger that night.
           A                                                      E7
There were diamonds and incense and perfume in packages fit for a king.
        E7                                                    A
But for one ragged bird in a small cage, Maria had nothing to bring.
    D                                    A           E7         A
She waited till just before midnight, so noone would see her go in.
     D                                        A                    E7
And, crying, she knelt by the manger, for her gift was unworthy of Him.
       A
E7
Then a voice spoke to her through the darkness, "Maria, what brings you to
Me?
        E7                                                       A
If the bird in the cage is your offering, open the door, let me see."
           A
E7
Though she trembled, she did as He asked her, and out of the cage the bird
flew.
E7                                                            A
Soaring up into the rafters on a wing that had healed good as new.
A                                                                     E7
Just then the midnight bells rang out, and the little bird started to sing
  E7                                                             A
A song that no words could recapture, whose beauty was fit for a king.
     A                                                                    E7
Now, Maria felt blessed just to listen to that cascade of notes sweet and
long,
       E7                                                            A
As her offering was lifted to Heaven by the very first nightingale's song.



Have fun with it,
Charles



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