Let Us Follow Him: And Other Stories

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R.F. Fenno, 1897 - Mariposa (Calif.) - 241 pages
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Page 195 - Now he turned towards her, where she stood in the shadow by the door. He saw her, but even yet he did not stir, for she seemed to him still an apparition. With a little cry she came forward to him.
Page 130 - For a joy to men on earth, therefore, let it bo so. Lotus, transform thyself into a living maiden, and stand before me." Then the water vibrated tenderly, as if touched by the wing of a swallow, the night became clearer, the moon beamed brighter, stronger trilled the note of the nightingale, followed by a deep silence, and the miracle was done. There before Krishna stood the lotus in human form divine. The god himself was astonished. " Thou wert a flower of the lake," he said; " be now a flower of...
Page 135 - But good and wise Krishna said: "Peace be unto thee, embodied flower; if in Valmiki's heart lie the desolate snows, be thou a warm breath of the spring which will them melt; if there be watery depths, be thou a pearl in those depths; if there be the desert plains, plant thou in them the flowers of happiness; if there be the dark Ellora cave, be thou in that darkness a sunny ray.
Page 132 - Slowly the dawn commenced to spread its light in the eastern heavens, the golden glow covered the lake, palms, and bamboo groves. The choir of birds burst forth with their morning song, the rosy stork, the blue crane, the white swan on the waters, the peacocks and bengali in the woods, and, as if in accompaniment, there came the sound of strings fastened to pearly shells and the words of human song. Krishna awoke from his deep thought and said: "It is the poet Valmiki, greeting the sunrise.
Page 131 - Thou hast told me to be an embodiment of the lotus, therefore I have preserved my former nature; and now I fear, Lord, the earth and all there is thereon. Where wilt thou command me to abide?" Krishna lifted his wise eyes to the stars, mused awhile, then said: " Do you wish to dwell on the mountain-tops?" " Snow and cold are there; I fear them." " Then I will build thee a crystal palace in the clear depths of the lake.
Page 134 - where dost thou command me to dwell? Behold in this one heart I see the snowy mountain-tops, the watery depths full of wondrous creatures, the plains with the storms and tempests, and the dark Ellora cave; so I fear again, oh, Lord." But good and wise Krishna said: " Peace be unto thee, embodied flower; if in Valmiki's heart lie the desolate snows, be thou a warm breath of the spring which will them melt; if there be watery depths, be thou a pearl in those...
Page 134 - Awake, Valmiki, and speak." And Valmiki spoke: " I love — " This was the only word he remembered and the only word he could utter. The face of Krishna suddenly brightened. "Wondrous maiden, I have found in the world the place worthy of thee; dwell in the heart of the poet." Valmiki repeated the second time, " I love." The will of the mighty Krishna, the will of divinity impelled the maiden to the heart of the poet.
Page 125 - Behold the handmaid of the Lord: May it be done to me according to thy word.
Page 129 - ... breeze. Oh, how much more beautiful it is than any living being! Its petals are now opened to the silvery light of the moon, and I cannot take my eyes from it. "Yes, there is nothing like it among men," repeated he, with a sigh; but after awhile he thought: "Why could not I, being a god, by the power of a word create a being that would be the same among men as is the lotus among flowers? For a joy to men on earth, therefore, let it be so. Lotus, transform thyself into a living maiden, and stand...
Page 40 - ... sunny spots. Cinna's glance rested tenderly on Anthea and for the thousandth time despairing thoughts passed through his mind, that all means of help were exhausted, that not a spark of hope remained, and that soon this loved form would become only a fleeting shadow and a handful of dnst innrned in a columbarium. Reclining there in the blossom-bedecked chair she looked as if death had called her his own. " I will follow thee, too/

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