|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
Now, in little while, the fame of Ioasaph was blazoned abroad;
and led, as it were by the scent of sweet ointment, all men
flocked to him daily, casting off their poverty of soul and body:
and his name was on every man's lips. It was not fear and
oppression that drew the people to him, but desire and heart-felt
love, which by God's blessing and the king's fair life had been
planted in their hearts.
Then, too, did his father's subjects begin to come to him, and,
laying aside all error, received the Gospel of truth. And the
house of Ioasaph grew and waxed strong, but the house of Abenner
waned and grew weak, even as the Book of the Kings declareth
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Golden Threshold by Sarojini Naidu:
Grind them in mortars of amber and gold,
The fresh green leaves of the henna-tree.
A kokila called from a henna-spray:
LIRA! LIREE! LIRA! LIREE!
Hasten maidens, hasten away
To gather the leaves of the henna-tree.
The tilka's red for the brow of a bride,
And betel-nut's red for lips that are sweet;
But, for lily-like fingers and feet,
The red, the red of the henna-tree.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from The Wrong Box by Stevenson & Osbourne:
the earth. Whether eating Time makes the chief of his diet out of
old editions; whether Providence has passed a special enactment
on behalf of authors; or whether these last have taken the law
into their own hand, bound themselves into a dark conspiracy with
a password, which I would die rather than reveal, and night after
night sally forth under some vigorous leader, such as Mr James
Payn or Mr Walter Besant, on their task of secret
spoliation--certain it is, at least, that the old editions pass,
giving place to new. To the proof, it is believed there are now
only three copies extant of Who Put Back the Clock? one in the
British Museum, successfully concealed by a wrong entry in the