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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."
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
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.
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 !
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 ?"
Into the open air John Alden, perplexed and bewil
dered, Rushed like a man insane, and wandered alone by the sea-side;
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
“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
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 ?" Then within him there thundered a voice, like the
voice of the Prophet: “It hath displeased the Lord !” — and he thought of
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?