The excerpt represents the core issue or deciding factor on which you must meditate, and is drawn from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle:|
and lifted the dead man up and bore him away to Nottingham Town.
Meanwhile Robin Hood ran through the greenwood. Gone was all the joy
and brightness from everything, for his heart was sick within him,
and it was borne in upon his soul that he had slain a man.
"Alas!" cried he, "thou hast found me an archer that will make
thy wife to wring! I would that thou hadst ne'er said one word
to me, or that I had never passed thy way, or e'en that my right
forefinger had been stricken off ere that this had happened!
In haste I smote, but grieve I sore at leisure!" And then,
even in his trouble, he remembered the old saw that "What is done
is done; and the egg cracked cannot be cured."
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood