|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake:
Blasts the new-born infant's tear,
And blights with plagues the marriage hearse.
THE HUMAN ABSTRACT
Pity would be no more
If we did not make somebody poor,
And Mercy no more could be
If all were as happy as we.
And mutual fear brings Peace,
Till the selfish loves increase;
Then Cruelty knits a snare,
And spreads his baits with care.
Songs of Innocence and Experience
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Early Short Fiction of Edith Wharton by Edith Wharton:
Allonby smiled faintly under his heavy grayish moustache. He had
a ruddy face, full and jovial, in which his keen professional
eyes seemed to keep watch over impulses not strictly
"Well, I don't know that we need lock you up just yet. But of
course I'm bound to look into your statement--"
Granice rose with an exquisite sense of relief. Surely Allonby
wouldn't have said that if he hadn't believed him!
"That's all right. Then I needn't detain you. I can be found at
any time at my apartment." He gave the address.
The District Attorney smiled again, more openly. "What do you
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Maid Marian by Thomas Love Peacock:
The knight made a wry face under the double pain of heart and body caused
at the same moment by the material or martial, and the metaphorical
or erotic arrow, of which the latter was thus barbed by a declaration
more candid than flattering; but he did not choose to put in any such
claim to the lady's gratitude as would bar all hopes of her love:
he therefore remained silent; and the lady and her escort, leaving him
and the sheriff to the care of the squire, rode on till they came
in sight of Arlingford Castle, when they parted in several directions.
The friar rode off alone; and after the foresters had lost sight of him
they heard his voice through the twilight, singing,--
A staff, a staff, of a young oak graff,