|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from King Henry VI by William Shakespeare:
What should I say? his deeds exceed all speech:
He ne'er lift up his hand but conquered.
We mourn in black: why mourn we not in blood?
Henry is dead and never shall revive:
Upon a wooden coffin we attend,
And death's dishonourable victory
We with our stately presence glorify,
Like captives bound to a triumphant car.
What! shall we curse the planets of mishap
That plotted thus our glory's overthrow?
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Mansion by Henry van Dyke:
We may have treasures upon earth, but they must not be put into
unsafe places, but into safe places. A most comforting doctrine!
He had always followed it. Moths and rust and thieves had done
to his investments.
John Weightman's drooping eyes turned to the next verse,
at the top of the second column.
"But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven."
Now what had the Doctor said about that? How was it to
be understood--in what sense--treasures--in heaven?
The book seemed to float away from him. The light vanished.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Christ in Flanders by Honore de Balzac:
here and there. Some of the pointed arches dashed at the tall lancet
windows, who, like ladies of the Middle Ages, wore the armorial
bearings of their houses emblazoned on their golden robes. The dance
of the mitred arcades with the slender windows became like a fray at a
In another moment every stone in the church vibrated, without leaving
its place; for the organ-pipes spoke, and I heard divine music
mingling with the songs of angels, and unearthly harmony, accompanied
by the deep notes of the bells, that boomed as the giant towers rocked
and swayed on their square bases. This strange Sabbath seemed to me
the most natural thing in the world; and I, who had seen Charles X.