|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare:
To be a vertuous and well gouern'd youth:
I would not for the wealth of all the towne,
Here in my house do him disparagement:
Therfore be patient, take no note of him,
It is my will, the which if thou respect,
Shew a faire presence, and put off these frownes,
An ill beseeming semblance for a Feast
Tib. It fits when such a Villaine is a guest,
Ile not endure him
Cap. He shall be endur'd.
What goodman boy, I say he shall, go too,
Romeo and Juliet
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from Poems of William Blake by William Blake:
And I complaind in the mild air, because I fade away.
And lay me down in thy cold bed, and leave my shining lot.
Queen of the vales, the matron Clay answered: I heard thy sighs.
And all thy moans flew o'er my roof, but I have call'd them down:
Wilt thou O Queen enter my house, tis given thee to enter,
And to return: fear nothing, enter with thy virgin feet.
The eternal gates terrific porter lifted the northern bar:
Thel enter'd in & saw the secrets of the land unknown;
She saw the couches of the dead, & where the fibrous roots
Of every heart on earth infixes deep its restless twists:
Poems of William Blake
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Spirit of the Border by Zane Grey:
"He had a bad night, but is sleeping now. I think he'll be all right after a
time," answered Dave.
"That's well. Nevertheless keep a watch on him for a few days."
"I'll do so."
"Dave, I leave matters here to your good judgment. I'm off to Goshocking to
join Zeisberger. Affairs there demand our immediate attention, and we must
"How long do you intend to be absent?"
"A few days; possibly a week. In case of any unusual disturbance among the
Indians, the appearance of Pipe and his tribe, or any of the opposing
factions, send a fleet runner at once to warn me. Most of my fears have been
The Spirit of the Border
|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 Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians by Martin Luther:
but only for the sake of Christ's merits.
The objection is frequently raised that the Bible commands that we should
love God with all our heart. True enough. But because God commands it, it
does not follow that we do it. If we could love God with all our heart we
should undoubtedly be justified by our obedience, for it is written, "Which if
a man do, he shall live in them." (Lev. 18:5.) But now comes the Gospel and
says: "Because you do not do these things, you cannot live in them." The
words, "Thou shalt love the Lord, thy God," require perfect obedience, perfect
fear, perfect trust, and perfect love. But where are the people who can render
perfection? Hence, this commandment, instead of justifying men, only
accuses and condemns them. "Christ is the end of the law for righteousness