“Atli said, “Ill it beseemed to thee to do this, though somewhat of wrong was between us; for thou wert wedded to me by the rede of thy kin, and dower paid I for thee; yea, thirty goodly knights, and seemly maidens, and many men besides; and yet wert thou not content, but if thou should rule over the lands King Budli owned: and thy mother-inlaw full oft thou lettest sit a-weeping.””
“Thou mayst laugh till thou lettest the letter fall, if thou wilt, but it reminded me of the magician Atlantes on his hippogriff with a knight trussed up behind him, in the manner Ariosto has depicted that matter.”
“Thou lettest slip our delight, whilst thou passest the whole night in the prayer-niche.”
“Nay, now thou lettest thine eyelids fall, it is as fair with thy face as if they were open, so smooth and simple are they and with their long full lashes.”
“Then he went on: “Now lettest Thou Thy servant depart” ... and again: “This is the first step, others are bound to follow it”; and, just as he was, bareheaded, ran to tell the great news to our friends.”
“Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace ... your most worthless servant, Alquist.”
“Lord, now lettest Thou Thy servant depart in peace, for mine eyes ... for mine eyes have seen Thy salvation ... seen salvation through love - and life will not perish!”
“As we grow older, we shall be wiser, and looking back upon our foolish notions of the present hour, (our youth dissipated,) shall certainly despise ourselves when we think of the honourable engagements we might have made: thou, more especially, if thou lettest such a matchless creature slide through thy fingers.”
“But, as thou art the last of thy name; as thy family is of note and figure in thy country; and as thou thyself thinkest that thou shalt one day marry: Is it possible, let me ask thee, that thou canst have such another opportunity as thou now hast, if thou lettest this slip?”
“It is on the text; — Now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace; for mine eyes have seen thy salvation.”
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