Then Minerva assumed the form and voice of Mentor, and presently made a covenant
of peace between the two contending parties.
Where are our covenants
now, and where the oaths that we have taken?
It has also been doubted what was and what was not the act of the city; as, for instance, when a democracy arises out of an aristocracy or a tyranny; for some persons then refuse to fulfil their contracts; as if the right to receive the money was in the tyrant and not in the state, and many other things of the same nature; as if any covenant
was founded for violence and not for the common good.
About daylight we passed Shiloh, where the Ark of the Covenant
rested three hundred years, and at whose gates good old Eli fell down and "brake his neck" when the messenger, riding hard from the battle, told him of the defeat of his people, the death of his sons, and, more than all, the capture of Israel's pride, her hope, her refuge, the ancient Ark her forefathers brought with them out of Egypt.
The months went by, binding stronger and stronger the covenant
between dog and man.
The Green Gables folk went home after Christmas, Marilla under solemn covenant
to return for a month in the spring.
And she thought only of them as the clergyman laid his hand upon her head, and spoke of the holy baptism, of the covenant
with God, and how she should be now a matured Christian; and the organ pealed so solemnly; the sweet children's voices sang, and the old music-directors sang, but Karen only thought of her red shoes.
Now, if you and me was to walk over with yon lad, I could see the captain at the Hawes, or maybe on board the Covenant
if there was papers to be signed; and so far from a loss of time, we can jog on to the lawyer, Mr.
O Lord, our God, who hast poured down the blessings of Thy Truth according to Thy Holy Covenant
upon Thy chosen servants, our fathers, from generation to generation, bless Thy servants Konstantin and Ekaterina, and make their troth fast in faith, and union of hearts, and truth, and love.
But, happy Sissy's happy children loving her; all children loving her; she, grown learned in childish lore; thinking no innocent and pretty fancy ever to be despised; trying hard to know her humbler fellow-creatures, and to beautify their lives of machinery and reality with those imaginative graces and delights, without which the heart of infancy will wither up, the sturdiest physical manhood will be morally stark death, and the plainest national prosperity figures can show, will be the Writing on the Wall, - she holding this course as part of no fantastic vow, or bond, or brotherhood, or sisterhood, or pledge, or covenant
, or fancy dress, or fancy fair; but simply as a duty to be done, - did Louisa see these things of herself?
From a radiant centre, over the whole length and breadth of the tranquil firmament, great shoots of light streamed among the early stars, like signs of the blessed later covenant
of peace and hope that changed the crown of thorns into a glory.
Between my daughter Bella and me there is a regular league and covenant