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WARTS AND ALL


William Barclay in his commentary on the Gospel of Mark tells of the court painter who was commissioned to paint a portrait of Oliver Cromwell. Cromwell was afflicted with warts on his face. Thinking to please him (a bit like a photographer airbrushing out imperfections), the painter omitted all of the warts in the painting. However, when Oliver Cromwell saw it he said, "Take it away! And paint me warts and all!"

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