"I am not the base ingrate you would deem me. Condemn me to death an thou wilt, I kneel not to sue for life; for, dishonored and suspected, I would not accept it were it offered. Let them bring forward what they will, I am innocent. Here, before ye all, in presence of the murdered victim, by all held sacred in Heaven or on Earth, I swear I slew him not!
Strong Son of God, immortal Love, Whom we, that have not seen Thy face, By faith, and faith alone, embrace, Believing where we cannot prove. Thou wilt not leave us in the dust: Thou madest man, he knows not why; He thinks he was not made to die; And Thou hast made him: Thou art just.
Let us see if we can get it from this teacher. Listen." He made his way to the centre of the circle and stood before the stern little man. "Master," said the Greek, "I am willing to become thy disciple if thou wilt teach me the whole law while I stand before thee thus on one foot." The rabbi looked at him angrily, and, lifting up his stick, smote him sharply across the leg.
Then she called her husband to her, and said to him, "Of this sickness I shall die, and thou wilt take another wife. Now wives are the gift of the Lord, but it would be wrong for thee to harm thy son. Therefore I charge thee that thou take not a wife until thou see a briar with two blossoms upon my grave." And this he promised her.
The lady impatiently turned from the priest, and grasping the strong right arm of Warwick with her shrivelled and trembling fingers, resumed in a voice that struggled to repress the gasps which broke its breath, "But thou oh, thou wilt bear this indignity! thou, the chief of England's barons, wilt see no dishonour in the rank love of the vilest of England's kings!
"In truth, venerable father," answered the Jester, "the Saracen head of your right reverend companion has frightened out of mine the way home I am not sure I shall get there to-night myself." "Tush," said the Abbot, "thou canst tell us if thou wilt.
How long, O Lord, how long wilt thou suffer the foot of the oppressor to stand on the neck of the slave! None but those who know from experience what it is to live in a land of bondage can form any idea of what is endured by those whose eyes are open to the enormities of slavery, and whose hearts are tender enough to feel for these miserable creatures.
See that thou mix not the parcels, as thou didst but a week agone, lest thou bring sundry of her most glorious Majesty's lieges to an untimely end! There" as the boy seized the basket and hurried out of the shop "that completes my day's work. Now I have but to put up the shutters and lock the door; and then, have with thee whither thou wilt.
And now I will leave you to strive against the infidels, whilst I go to your army, though they be at the gates of Constantinople, and return with twenty thousand horse to destroy these unbelievers." Quoth Sherkan, "How wilt thou win to them, O holy man, seeing that the valley is blocked up by the infidels on all sides?"
Wilt show thy love in all sadness, say!" "In any way or sad or gay!" "Then prithee, good knight, stand on thy head by yonder tree." The cavalier stepped back and gazed into his lady's face as though he thought her mad. "Stand on my head!" he exclaimed, slowly. Phoebe laughed merrily and clapped her hands.