|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Charmides and Other Poems by Oscar Wilde:
Come down, O Son of God! incestuous gloom
Curtains the land, and through the starless night
Over Thy Cross a Crescent moon I see!
If Thou in very truth didst burst the tomb
Come down, O Son of Man! and show Thy might
Lest Mahomet be crowned instead of Thee!
HOLY WEEK AT GENOA
I wandered through Scoglietto's far retreat,
The oranges on each o'erhanging spray
Burned as bright lamps of gold to shame the day;
Some startled bird with fluttering wings and fleet
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Essays of Francis Bacon by Francis Bacon:
ordinance of God. For this is but to dash the first
table against the second; and so to consider men
as Christians, as we forget that they are men.
Lucretius the poet, when he beheld the act of Aga-
memnon, that could endure the sacrificing of his
own daughter, exclaimed: Tantum Religio potuit
What would he have said, if he had known of
the massacre in France, or the powder treason of
England? He would have been seven times more
Epicure, and atheist, than he was. For as the tem-
Essays of Francis Bacon
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Cousin Betty by Honore de Balzac:
"But it would not be this one," replied she; and then, as if ashamed
of having said too much, she ran out into the garden.
"Then I shall break the mould and the model as soon as I go home,"
"Fetch me your papers, and you will hear of me before long, if you are
equal to what I expect of you, monsieur."
The artist on this could but take leave. After bowing to Madame Hulot
and Hortense, who came in from the garden on purpose, he went off to
walk in the Tuileries, not bearing--not daring--to return to his
attic, where his tyrant would pelt him with questions and wring his
secret from him.