|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Poems by Oscar Wilde:
On the low hills of Paphos, and the Faun
Pipes in the noonday, and the nightingale sings on till dawn.
Nor failed they to obey her hest, and ere
The morning bee had stung the daffodil
With tiny fretful spear, or from its lair
The waking stag had leapt across the rill
And roused the ouzel, or the lizard crept
Athwart the sunny rock, beneath the grass their bodies slept.
And when day brake, within that silver shrine
Fed by the flames of cressets tremulous,
Queen Venus knelt and prayed to Proserpine
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Theaetetus by Plato:
appears just to a state), and in return, they deserve to be well paid. And
you, Socrates, whether you please or not, must continue to be a measure.
This is my defence, and I must request you to meet me fairly. We are
professing to reason, and not merely to dispute; and there is a great
difference between reasoning and disputation. For the disputer is always
seeking to trip up his opponent; and this is a mode of argument which
disgusts men with philosophy as they grow older. But the reasoner is
trying to understand him and to point out his errors to him, whether
arising from his own or from his companion's fault; he does not argue from
the customary use of names, which the vulgar pervert in all manner of ways.
If you are gentle to an adversary he will follow and love you; and if
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Helen of Troy And Other Poems by Sara Teasdale:
Lines longer than 78 characters are broken, and the continuation
is indented two spaces. Some obvious errors may be corrected.]
[This etext has been transcribed from the original edition,
which was published in New York in 1911.]
Helen of Troy And Other Poems
By Sara Teasdale
Author of "Sonnets to Duse, and Other Poems"
To Marion Cummings Stanley
Helen of Troy