As creation myths go, it’s delicious:
the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve,
the apple, the snake, forbidden fruit,
the slaying of Abel and us being Cain’s get,
the tale says it all succinctly:
take what you want, just pay for it.
But this I know for a truth—it was no Fall.
The wonderful thing about myths is that while they may not be history, they are true.
Take what you want but pay for it, says God, is quoted as being a Spanish proverb by several mystery writers, among others, starting with Agatha Christie in 1938. However, I can uncover no further evidence that it is actually Spanish. The earliest mention I can find of it is in the University of the Sate of New York Bulletin of January, 1926. There it is said to be a Persian proverb, The Gods said to the mortals, “Take what you will and pay for it.”
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