The Works of Leo Tolstoi. One Volume Edition. Roslyn, NY: Black's
Readers Service Co., 1928, pages 4-18.
 CHAPTER XII: AT HIS VOICE
And the angel's body was bared, and he was clothed in light so that eye
could not look on him; and his voice grew louder, as though it came not
from him but' from heaven above. And the angel said:
"I have learnt that all men live not by care for themselves, but by
"It was not given to the mother to know what her children needed for
their  life. Nor was it given to the rich man to know what he himself
needed. Nor is it given to any man to know whether, when evening comes,
he will need boots for his body or slippers for his corpse.
"I remained alive when I was a man, not by care of myself, but because
love was present in a passerby, and because he and his wife pitied and
loved me. The orphans remained alive, not because of their mother's care,
but because there was love in the heart of a woman, a stranger to them,
who pitied and loved them. And all men live not by the thought they spend
on their own welfare, but because love exists in man.
"I knew before that God gave life to men and desires that they should
live; now I understand more than that.
"I understand that God does not wish men to live apart, and therefore
he does not reveal to them what each one needs for himself; but he wishes
them to live united, and therefore reveals to each of them what is necessary
"I have now understood that though it seems to men that they live by
care for themselves, in truth it is love alone by which they live. He who
has loved is in God, and God is in him, for God is love."
And the angel sang praise to God, so that the hut trembled at his voice.
The roof opened, and a column of fire rose from earth to heaven. Simon
and his wife and children fell to the ground. Wings appeared upon the angel's
shoulders, and he rose into the heaven.
And when Simon came to himself the hut stood as before, and there was
no one in it but his own family.