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LILY ON MARS By Bill Warren (From Spacewarp 29, August 1949) The arid waste of the alien land stretched far before my eyes; and my fever'd brain in sickness saw strange, unholy things. And as I lay on this red, dead world, and knew that I must die, I prayed that I might see once more a thing that spoke of Earth -- not white, soft woman nor cool, green hills; just a bit of Earth-grown life. And then I looked, as before my eyes a spot of green appeared; and in this green, the green of Earth, I saw a lily grow. It grew tall and straight, and nodded slightly as in an Earthly breeze; and in the dew on velvet white I saw my Earth, my home.
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