|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Battle of the Books by Jonathan Swift:
Things were not ripe for a decree,
And said she must consult her books,
The lovers' Fletas, Bractons, Cokes.
First to a dapper clerk she beckoned,
To turn to Ovid, book the second;
She then referred them to a place
In Virgil (VIDE Dido's case);
As for Tibullus's reports,
They never passed for law in Courts:
For Cowley's brief, and pleas of Waller,
Still their authority is smaller.
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Koran:
it; verily, God has judged between His servants.'
And those who are in the fire shall say unto the keepers of hell,
'Call upon your Lord to lighten from us one day of the torment.'
They shall say, 'Did not your apostles come to you with manifest
signs?' They shall say, 'Yea!' They shall say, 'Then, call!'-but the
call of the misbelievers is only in error.
Verily, we will help our apostles, and those who believe, in the
life of this world and on the day when the witnesses shall stand up:
the day when their excuse shall not avail the unjust; but for them
is the curse, and for them is an evil abode.
And we did give Moses the guidance; and we made the children of