|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Barlaam and Ioasaph by St. John of Damascus:
graciously with us. I give thanks unto thee, vile and unworthy
though I be, and insufficient of myself to glorify thy greatness.
And, by thine infinite compassions, I pray thee, Lord Jesu
Christ, Son and Word of the invisible Father, who madest all
things by thy word, and sustainest them by thy will; who hast
delivered us thine unworthy servants from the bondage of the
arch-fiend our foe: thou that wast stretched upon the Rood, and
didst bind the strong man, and award everlasting freedom to them
that lay bound in his fetters: do thou now also stretch forth
thine invisible and almighty hand, and, at the last, free thy
servant my father from that cruel bondage of the devil. Show him
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from The Passionate Pilgrim by William Shakespeare:
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Paler for sorrow than her milk-white dove,
For Adon's sake, a youngster proud and wild;
Her stand she takes upon a steep-up hill:
Anon Adonis comes with horn and hounds;
She, silly queen, with more than love's good will,
Forbade the boy he should not pass those grounds:
'Once,' quoth she, 'did I see a fair sweet youth
Here in these brakes deep-wounded with a boar,
Deep in the thigh, a spectacle of ruth!
See, in my thigh,' quoth she, 'here was the sore.
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Madam How and Lady Why by Charles Kingsley:
same mistake myself often, and may do it again: but all the more
shame to me. For see--you know perfectly the difference between
How and Why, when you are talking about yourself. If I ask you,
"Why did we go out to-day?" You would not answer, "Because we
opened the door." That is the answer to "How did we go out?" The
answer to Why did we go out is, "Because we chose to take a walk."
Now when we talk about other things beside ourselves, we must
remember this same difference between How and Why. If I ask you,
"Why does fire burn you?" you would answer, I suppose, being a
little boy, "Because it is hot;" which is all you know about it.
But if you were a great chemist, instead of a little boy, you