|The third excerpt represents the element of Water. It speaks of pure spiritual influences and feelings of love, and is drawn from A Legend of Montrose by Walter Scott:
Dalgetty dismounted from his horse at the gateway, and Gustavus
was taken from him without his being permitted to attend him to
the stable, according to his custom.
This gave the soldier a pang which the apparatus of death had not
conveyed.--"Poor Gustavus!" said he to himself, "if anything but
good happens to me, I had better have left him at Darnlinvarach
than brought him here among these Highland salvages, who scarce
know the head of a horse from his tail. But duty must part a man
from his nearest and dearest--
"When the cannons are roaring, lads, and the colours are flying,
|The fourth excerpt represents the element of Earth. It speaks of physical influences and the impact of the unseen on the visible world, and is drawn from New Poems by Robert Louis Stevenson:
A most exiguously thin Burn.
For all thy foam, for all thy din,
Thee shall the pallid lake inurn,
With well-a-day for Mr. Swin-Burne!
Take then this quarto in thy fin
And, O thou stoker huge and stern,
The whole affair, outside and in,
But save the true poetic kin,
The works of Mr. Robert Burn'
And William Wordsworth upon Tin-Tern!