|The first excerpt represents the past or something you must release, and is drawn from Jerusalem Delivered by Torquato Tasso:
In his strong arms Tancred caught him again,
And thus each other held and wrapped in bands.
With greater might Alcides did not strain
The giant Antheus on the Lybian sands,
On holdfast knots their brawny arms they cast,
And whom he hateth most, each held embraced:
Such was their wrestling, such their shocks and throws
That down at once they tumbled both to ground,
Argantes, -- were it hap or skill, who knows,
His better hand loose and in freedom found;
|The second excerpt represents the present or the deciding factor of the moment, and is drawn from Lucile by Owen Meredith:
She approach'd him and brokenly murmur'd, as though
To herself more than him, "Was I wrong? is it so?
Hear me, Duke! you must feel that, whatever you deem
Your right to reproach me in this, your esteem
I may claim on ONE ground--I at least am sincere.
You say that to me from the first it was clear
That you loved me. But what if this knowledge were known
At a moment in life when I felt most alone,
And least able to be so? a moment, in fact,
When I strove from one haunting regret to retract
And emancipate life, and once more to fulfil
|The third excerpt represents the future or something you must embrace, and is drawn from Shadow out of Time by H. P. Lovecraft:
finally got the hook free. Lifting the cover, I shifted the heavy
object to my back, and let the hook catch hold of my collar. Hands
now free, I awkwardly clambered down to the dusty floor, and prepared
to inspect my prize.
Kneeling in the gritty dust, I swung the
case around and rested it in front of me. My hands shook, and
I dreaded to draw out the book within almost as much as I longed
- and felt compelled - to do so. It had very gradually become
clear to me what I ought to find, and this realisation nearly
paralysed my faculties.
If the thing were there - and if I were
Shadow out of Time