|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from Mistress Wilding by Rafael Sabatini:
"Do you threaten, sir?" cried Ruth.
"Threaten?" quoth he. He turned up his eyes and showed the whites of
them. "Is it to threaten to promise you my protection; to show you
how I can serve you? - than which I ask no sweeter boon of heaven.
A word from me, and Richard need fear nothing."
"He need fear nothing without that word," said Ruth disdainfully. "Such
service as he did Lord Feversham the other night..."
"Is soon forgotten," Blake cut in adroitly. "Indeed, `twill be most
convenient to his lordship to forget it. Think you he would care to
have it known that `twas to such a chance he owes the preservation of
|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 A treatise on Good Works by Dr. Martin Luther:
alone. And these are the petitions in which stands the word
"Thou, Thy, Thy, Thy," because they seek only what belongs to
God; all the others say "our, us, our," etc; for in them we pray
for our goods and blessedness.
Let this, then, suffice as a plain, hasty explanation of the
First Table of Moses, pointing out to simple folk what are the
highest of good works.
The Second Table follows.
"Thou shalt honor thy father and thy mother."
From this Commandment we learn that after the excellent works of
the first three Commandments there are no better works than to