|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Rewards and Fairies by Rudyard Kipling:
'But why?' said Una. 'I don't understand.'
'Ah, why indeed? Live you long enough, maiden, and you shall
know the meaning of many whys.' Sir Richard smiled. 'I wondered
too, but it was my duty to wait on the King at the High
Table in all that glitter and stir.
'He spoke me his thanks for the sport I had helped show him,
and he had learned from De Aquila enough of my folk and my
castle in Normandy to graciously feign that he knew and had
loved my brother there. (This, also, is part of a king's work.)
Many great men sat at the High Table - chosen by the King for
their wits, not for their birth. I have forgotten their names, and
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table by Oliver Wendell Holmes:
which is observed to be common in poets reading their own verses -
the following stanzas; holding them at a focal distance of about
two feet and a half, with an occasional movement back or forward
for better adjustment, the appearance of which has been likened by
some impertinent young folks to that of the act of playing on the
trombone. His eyesight was never better; I have his word for it.
FLASH out a stream of blood-red wine! -
For I would drink to other days;
And brighter shall their memory shine,
Seen flaming through its crimson blaze.
The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table