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Verily, unto such a spirit it is preying, and the work of a beast of prey.
Three metamorphoses of the spirit have I designated to you: how the spirit became a camel, the camel a lion, and the lion at last a child.
Spirits destined to be united in the better world are divinely commissioned to discover each other and to begin their union in this world.
When the kindred spirits have once met, no human power can really part them.
Yet more than worthy of the love My spirit struggled with, and strove, When, on the mountain peak, alone, Ambition lent it a new tone - I had no being - but in thee: The world, and all it did contain In the earth - the air - the sea - Its joy - its little lot of pain That was new pleasure -- the ideal, Dim, vanities of dreams by night - And dimmer nothings which were real -(Shadows - and a more shadowy light
thou spirit given, On Earth, of all we hope in Heaven
There are some upon this earth of yours,' returned the Spirit,' who lay claim to know us, and who do their deeds of passion, pride, ill-will, hatred, envy, bigotry, and selfishness in our name, who are as strange to us and all out kith and kin, as if they had never lived.
And perhaps it was the pleasure the good Spirit had in showing off this power of his, or else it was his own kind, generous, hearty nature, and his sympathy with all poor men, that led him straight to Scrooge's clerk's; for there he went, and took Scrooge with him, holding to his robe; and on the threshold of the door the Spirit smiled, and stopped to bless Bob Cratchit's dwelling with the sprinkling of his torch.
But he scornfully threw it aside, and bade his Spirits take her to a colder cell, deep in the earth; and there with harsh words they left her.
If I will vow never more to harm the flowers you may love, will you go back to your own people and leave me and my Spirits to work our will on all the other flowers that bloom?
The Itongo in the woman was a Spirit King and ordered her to kill thee; thou shouldst then have let thyself be killed.
She responded with an uncertain pension of L50 (equivalent to perhaps $1500 at the present time), but not with the gift of political preferment which was still Spenser's hope; and in some bitterness of spirit he retired to Ireland, where in satirical poems he proceeded to attack the vanity of the world and the fickleness of men.