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Does not respond at once to a love that she never

suspected, Does not attain at a bound the height to which you

have been climbing. This is not right nor just: for surely a woman's affec

tion Is not a thing to be asked for, and had for only the

asking When one is truly in love, one not only says it, but

shows it. Had he but waited awhile, had he only showed that

he loved me, Even this Captain of yours — who knows? — at last

might have won me, Old and rough as he is; but now it never can happen.”

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Still John Alden went on, unheeding the words of Priscilla,

315 Urging the suit of his friend, explaining, persuading,

expanding; Spoke of his courage and skill, and of all his battles

in Flanders, How with the people of God he had chosen to suffer

affliction, How, in return for his zeal, they had made him Cap

tain of Plymouth;

He was a gentleman born, could trace his pedigree plainly

320 Back to Hugh Standish of Duxbury Hall, in Lanca

shire, England, Who was the son of Ralph, and the grandson of

Thurston de Standish; Heir unto vast estates, of which he was basely de

frauded, Still bore the family arms, and had for his crest a

cock argent Combed and wattled gules, and all the rest of the blazon.

325 He was a man of honor, of noble and generous nature; Though he was rough, he was kindly; she knew how

during the winter He had attended the sick, with a hand as gentle as

woman's ; Somewhat hasty and hot, he could not deny it, and

headstrong,

824 Family arms: if a man belonged to a family of the nobility, or was knighted for bravery in war, he and his sons were permitted to wear upon their shields a design of some sort to distinguish them in battle. This design usually contained the head or the whole body of some animal. That of Standish was evidently a cock argent, that is, silver-colored or white, with comb and wattles gule, that is, red.

825 Blazon: the word means the description of a coat of arms.

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Stern as a soldier might be, but hearty, and placable

always, Not to be laughed at and scorned, because he was little

of stature; For he was great of heart, magnanimous, courtly,

courageous; Any woman in Plymouth, nay, any woman in Eng

land, Might be happy and proud to be called the wife of

Miles Standish !

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But as he warmed and glowed, in his simple and

eloquent language, Quite forgetful of self, and full of the praise of his

rival, Archly the maiden smiled, and, with eyes overrunning

with laughter, Said, in a tremulous voice, “Why don't you speak for

yourself, John ? »

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Into the open air John Alden, perplexed and bewil

dered, Rushed like a man insane, and wandered alone by the

sea-side ;

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Paced up and down the sands, and bared his head to

the east-wind, Cooling his heated brow, and the fire and fever within

him. Slowly, as out of the heavens, with apocalyptical

splendors, Sank the City of God, in the vision of John the Apostle, So, with its cloudy walls of chrysolite, jasper, and sapphire,

345 Sank the broad red sun, and over its turrets uplifted Glimmered the golden reed of the angel who measured

the city

“Welcome, O wind of the East!” he exclaimed in

his wild exultation, 6 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,

350 Blowing o'er rocky wastes, and the grottos and gardens

of ocean! Lay thy cold, moist hand on my burning forehead,

and wrap me

344 Look up Revelation xxi. 10–21. 849 Caves: in mythology the winds are supposed to be kept in

caves.

Close in thy garments of mist, to allay the fever

within me!” Like an awakened conscience, the sea was moaning

and tossing, Beating remorseful and loud the mutable sands of the sea-shore.

355 Fierce in his soul was the struggle and tumult of pas

sions 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 ?"

360 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,

862 David, king of Israel, fell in love with Bathsheba, the beautiful wife of his friend Uriah. And he sent Uriah away to the war that he might be killed. Afterward the king married Bathsheba. But Nathan, the prophet, announced to David, “ It hath displeased the Lord!”

What resemblance is there between this situation and that of John Alden ?

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