|The first excerpt represents the element of Air. It speaks of mental influences and the process of thought, and is drawn from The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle:
By Our Lady, it doth make my head hum even now! Hey, Dame Hostess,
come listen, an thou wouldst hear a song, and thou too,
thou bonny lass, for never sing I so well as when bright eyes
do look upon me the while."
Then he sang an ancient ballad of the time of good King Arthur,
called "The Marriage of Sir Gawaine," which you may some time read yourself,
in stout English of early times; and as he sang, all listened
to that noble tale of noble knight and his sacrifice to his king.
But long before the Tinker came to the last verse his tongue began to trip
and his head to spin, because of the strong waters mixed with the ale.
First his tongue tripped, then it grew thick of sound; then his head
The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
|The second excerpt represents the element of Fire. It speaks of emotional influences and base passions, and is drawn from The Man against the Sky by Edwin Arlington Robinson:
"Your fly will serve as well as anybody,
And what's his hour? He flies, and flies, and flies,
And in his fly's mind has a brave appearance;
And then your spider gets him in her net,
And eats him out, and hangs him up to dry.
That's Nature, the kind mother of us all.
And then your slattern housemaid swings her broom,
And where's your spider? And that's Nature, also.
It's Nature, and it's Nothing. It's all Nothing.
It's all a world where bugs and emperors
Go singularly back to the same dust,
|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Moran of the Lady Letty by Frank Norris:
trees on the Presidio Reservation, going cityward. Wilbur was
nowhere in sight. For a longtime Hoang studied the Lifeboat
Station narrowly, while he made a great show of coiling a length
of rope. The station was just out of hailing distance. Nobody
seemed stirring. The whole shore and back land thereabout was
deserted; the edge of the city was four miles distant. Hoang
returned to the forecastle-hatch and went below, groping under his
bunk in his ditty-box.
"Well, what is it?" exclaimed Moran a moment later, as the beach-
comber entered the cabin, and shut the door behind him.
Hoang did not answer; but she did not need to repeat the question.
|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 Contrast by Royall Tyler:
1. 'The Algerine Captive, or The Life and Adventures of Doctor
Updike Underhill, six years a prisoner among the Algerines.'
2 vols. Walpole, N. H., 1797.
2. 'Moral Tales for American Youths.' Boston, 1800.
3. 'The Yankey in London; a series of Letters written by an
American Youth during nine months' residence in the City of
London.' New-York, 1809.
He also contributed to a number of newspapers of his period,
and a collection of his contributions (with those of Joseph Den-
nie) were published in a volume, at Walpole, in 1801, entitled
'The Spirit of the Farmers' Museum and Lay Preachers' Gazette.'