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Into the open air John Alden, perplexed and bewildered,
Slowly as out of the heavens, with apocalyptical splendors,
So, with its cloudy walls of chrysolite, jasper, and sapphire,
“Welcome, O wind of the East!” he exclaimed in his wild exultation, “Welcome, O wind of the East, from the caves of the misty Atlantic!
Blowing o'er fields of dulse, and measureless meadows of sea-grass,
Blowing o'er rocky wastes, and the grottos and gardens of ocean!
Like an awakened conscience, the sea was moaning and tossing,
Beating remorseful and loud the mutable sands of the sea-shore.
Fierce in his soul was the struggle and tumult of passions contending;
Love triumphant and crowned, and friendship wounded and bleeding,
Passionate cries of desire, and importunate pleadings of duty! “Is it my fault,” he said, “that the maiden has chosen between us?
Is it my fault that he failed,--my fault that I am the victor?”
Then within him there thundered a voice, like the voice of the Prophet: “It hath displeased the Lord!”?—and he thought of David's transgression,
Bathsheba's beautiful face, and his friend in the front of the battle!
Shame and confusion of guilt, and abasement and self-condemnation,
Overwhelmed him at once; and he cried in the deepest contrition:
“It hath displeased the Lord! It is the temptation of Satan!"