|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from The Mirror of the Sea by Joseph Conrad:
A brilliant frigate captain, a man of sound judgment, of dashing
bravery and of serene mind, scrupulously concerned for the welfare
and honour of the navy, he missed a larger fame only by the chances
of the service. We may well quote on this day the words written of
Nelson, in the decline of a well-spent life, by Sir T. B. Martin,
who died just fifty years ago on the very anniversary of Trafalgar.
"Nelson's nobleness of mind was a prominent and beautiful part of
his character. His foibles - faults if you like - will never be
dwelt upon in any memorandum of mine," he declares, and goes on -
"he whose splendid and matchless achievements will be remembered
with admiration while there is gratitude in the hearts of Britons,
The Mirror of the Sea
|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 Heap O' Livin' by Edgar A. Guest:
As plants beneath a withering frost,
Because men thought and whispered: "Hard."
Let's think of work in terms of hope
And speak of it with words of praise,
And tell the joy it is to grope
Along the new, untrodden ways!
Let's break this habit of despair
And cheerfully our task regard;
The road to happiness lies there:
Why think or speak of it as hard?
A Heap O' Livin'