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BLOSS C.A. Heroines of the Crusades

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BLOSS C.A.
Heroines of the Crusades
page 411



"Does thy realm of England abound in such comely damsels?" inquired Alphonso, while Agnes blushed at the king's encomium. "England may rival Spain in the beauty of her daugh-ters," answered Eleanora, evasively. " My gentle Agnes is curious like her mistress to learn the wonders of thy art : hence do we crave thine indulgence to pass some weary hours of my lord's absence among thy folios." " Thou art ever welcome," returned Alphonso, benig-nantly, " and this young disciple shall receive the benefit of serving so good a mistress." " I have pondered much," said the queen, who had been for some time attentively regarding the care-worn linea-ments of his face, " upon thy theory of the planets. The globe moved around the lamp because thou didst bear it in thine hand. By what power is our Earth carried around the Sun?" " There is some invisible influence which retains it with its sister-orbs in the eternal round, but the subtle essence has thus far eluded my investigations," replied Alphonso. "Thou believest then, my brother," said Eleanora, in her gentlest tone, " in a power whose existence thou canst not demonstrate by thy ' Tables' or diograms ?" " Verily, such a power is a matter of necessity" returned the monarch. " And thy unlearned sister," replied the queen, hesita-ting, " finds the same necessity to believe in a God, whose existence she can demonstrate only by the contemplation of his glorious works." " It is well for the ignorant to repose in this idea," re-plied Alphonso, " and it may perchance restrain the wicked from his misdeeds, to believe that an ever-present Intelli-gence regards his actions." "And it may comfort the sorrowing," said Eleanora, " to feel that this Infinite Power can satisfy the needs of the human soul." " Hast thou brought the metal I gave thee ?" said Al-phonso, abruptly changing the conversation. ELEANORA.


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