Thou sayest well," returned David, "and hast
caught the true spirit of Christianity.
Gentle breeze, that wanderest unseen, And bendest the thistles round Loira of storms, Traveler of the windy glens, Why hast
thou left my ear so soon?
Mopo, thou hast
slain one who might have been a king.
Now, choose betwixt such a scorching bed and the payment of a thousand pounds of silver; for, by the head of my father, thou hast
no other option.
But tell me, as thou livest, hast
thou seen a more valiant knight than I in all the known world; hast
thou read in history of any who has or had higher mettle in attack, more spirit in maintaining it, more dexterity in wounding or skill in overthrowing?
Look yonder," said my Guide, "in Flatland thou hast
lived; of Lineland thou hast
received a vision; thou hast
soared with me to the heights of Spaceland; now, in order to complete the range of thy experience, I conduct thee downward to the lowest depth of existence, even to the realm of Pointland, the Abyss of No dimensions.
When thou hast
lived as long as I have, Little Brother, thou wilt see how all the Jungle obeys at least one Law.
thou e'er heard the song of the Deserted Shepherdess?
The things which thou hast
taught him be above his station, and the hopes and ambitions they inspire will but make his end the bitterer for him.
Whom thus our Saviour answered with disdain:-- "I never liked thy talk, thy offers less; Now both abhor, since thou hast
dared to utter The abominable terms, impious condition.
Hear then: this man whom thou hast
sought to arrest
Now if thou hast
seen all these, be not afraid of the rude answer which Lord Rochester once gave to a man who had seen many things.