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Cry, the Beloved Country - Alan Paton, 1948 "Cry, the beloved country, for the unborn child that is the inheritor of our fear. Let him not love the earth too deeply. Let him not laugh too gladly when the water runs through his fingers, nor stand too silent when the setting sun makes red the veld with fire. Let him not be too moved when the birds of his land are singing, nor give too much of his heart to a mountain or valley. For fear will rob him of all if he gives too much."

The story follows Babur, who at age 12 is declared king of Ferghana after the tragic death of his father .Babur is determined to live up to the legacy of his ancestor, Timur (also called Tamburlaine), who ruled the Earth from Delhi to the Mediterranean. The threats against him are many, including barbaric Uzbeks, spies, poison, and politics.

“Use what talents you possess, the woods will be very silent if no birds sang there except those that sang best.” -Henry van Dyke