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Thus for a while he stood, and mused by the shore
of the ocean, Thinking of many things, and most of all of Pris
cilla; And as if thought had the power to draw to itself, like
the loadstone, Whatsoever it touches, by subtile laws of its nature,
630 Lo! as he turned to depart, Priscilla was standing
“Are you so much offended, you will not speak to
me?” said she. “Am I so much to blame, that yesterday, when you
629 Loadstone: sometimes spelled lodestone, and also called a magnet. It is a piece of iron ore which is capable of attracting other pieces of iron. It was put to its most famous use after it was learned that a needle made of it and suspended so that it could move freely, pointed steadily to the north. From this was constructed the mariner's compass, by the use of which sailors may direct the course of their ship out of sight of land. Thus the mode ern art of navigation was made possible.
Warmly the cause of another, my heart, impulsive
and wayward, Pleaded your own, and spake out, forgetful perhaps of decorum ?
635 Certainly you can forgive me for speaking so frankly,
for saying What I ought not to have said, yet now I can never
For there are moments in life, when the heart is so
full of emotion, That if by chance it be shaken, or into its depths like
a pebble Drops some careless word, it overflows, and its secret,
640 Spilt on the ground like water, can never be gathered
ing in Flanders, As if by fighting alone you could win the heart of a
641 Spilt on the ground like water: look up II Samuel xiv. 14.
Quite overlooking yourself and the rest, in exalting
Therefore I spake as I did, by an irresistible im
pulse. You will forgive me, I hope, for the sake of the friend
ship between us, Which is too true and too sacred to be so easily
broken!” Thereupon answered John Alden, the scholar, the friend of Miles Standish :
650 "I was not angry with you, with myself alone I was
angry, Seeing how badly I managed the matter I had in my
keeping.” “No!” interrupted the maiden, with answer prompt
and decisive; “No; you were angry with me, for speaking so
frankly and freely. It was wrong, I acknowledge; for it is the fate of a
655 Long to be patient and silent, to wait like a ghost that
is speechless, Till some questioning voice dissolves the spell of its
656–657 The tradition is that a ghost cannot address any one until it is spoken to.
Hence is the inner life of so many suffering
Sunless and silent and deep, like subterranean rivers Running through caverns of darkness, unheard, unseen, and unfruitful,
660 Chafing their channels of stone, with endless and prof
itless murmurs." Thereupon answered John Alden, the young man, the
lover of women: “Heaven forbid it, Priscilla; and truly they seem to
me always More like the beautiful rivers that watered the garden
of Eden, More like the river Euphrates, through deserts of Havilah flowing,
665 Filling the land with delight, and memories sweet of
the garden!” “Ah, by these words, I can see," again interrupted the "How very
664 Rivers of Eden: look up Genesis ii. 10–14. From these rivers, where is the Garden of Eden supposed to have been located ?
665 Havilah: names are often duplicated in Bible history. For instance, there are two Æthiopias, one lying about the southern portion of the Caspian Sea and one in Africa. So, too, there was one Havilah directly east of Egypt on the coast of the Mediterranean, and another, as the text shows, along the course of the Euphrates River.
little you prize me, or care for what I am saying When from the depths of my heart, in pain and with
secret misgiving, Frankly I speak to you, asking for sympathy only and kindness,
670 Straightway you take up my words, that are plain and
direct and in earnest, Turn them away from their meaning, and answer with
flattering phrases. This is not right, is not just, is not true to the best
that is in you; For I know and esteem you, and feel that your nature
is noble, Lifting mine up to a higher, a
more ethereal level.
675 Therefore I value your friendship, and feel it perhaps
the more keenly If you say aught that implies I am only as one among
many, If you
make use of those common and complimentary
phrases Most men think so fine, in dealing and speaking with
women, But which women reject as insipid, if not as insult