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THE LOVER'S ERBANIX So the strong will prevailed, and Alden went on
hii errand, w Out of the street of the village, and into the paths
o the forest, Into the tranquil woods, where bluebirds and robins
were building Towns in the populous trees, with hanging gardens oi
verdure, Peaceful, aerial cities of joy and affection and free dom.
All around him was calm, but within him commotion and conflict, i
Love contending with friendship, and self with each generous
impulse. To and fro in his breast his thoughts were heaving and
dashing, As in a foundering ship, with every roll of the vessel,
Washes the bitter sea, the merciless surge of the ocean! " Must I
relinquish it all," he cried with a wild lamentation, ? we " Must I
relinquish it all, the joy, the hope, the illusion? Was it for this
I have loved, and waited, and worshipped in silence ? Was it for
this I have followed the flying feet and the shadow 188. Compare
the populous nests in Evangeline, 1. 136. Ip the hanging gardens of
verdure there is reference to the famous hanging gardens of
Babylon, Over the wintry sea, to the desolate shores of New
England? Truly the heart is deceitful, and out of its depths of
corruption a Rise, like an exhalation, the misty phantoms of
passion; Angels of light they seem, but are only delusions of
Satan. All is clear to me now; I feel it, I see it distinctly J
This is the hand of the Lord; it is laid upon me in anger, For I
have followed too much the heart's desires and devices, sos
Worshipping Astaroth blindly, and impious idols of Baal. This is
the cross I must bear; the sin and the swift retribution." So
through the Plymouth woods John Alden went on his errand; Crossing
the brook at the ford, where it brawle...
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