Then one of the judges of the city stood forth and said, "Speak to us of Crime and Punishment."
And he answered saying:
As the Sun withdrew his rays from the garden, and the moon threw cushioned beams upon the flowers, I sat under the trees pondering upon the phenomena of the atmosphere, looking through the branches at the strewn stars which glittered like chips of silver upon a blue carpet; and I could hear from a distance the agitated murmur of the rivulet singing its way briskly into the valley.
When the birds took shelter among the boughs, and the flowers folded their petals, and tremendous silence descended, I heard a rustle of feet though the grass. I took heed and saw a young couple approaching my arbor. The say under a tree where I could see them without being seen.
Then said Almitra, 'Speak to us of Love.'
And he raised his head and looked upon the people, and there fell a stillness upon them.
And with a great voice he said:
When love beckons to you follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
In the stillness of night Wisdom came and stood
By my bed. She gazed upon me like a tender mother
And wiped away my tears, and said : 'I have heard
The cry of your spirit and I am come to comfort it.
The power of charity sows deep in my heart, and I reap and gather the wheat in bundles and give them to the hungry.
And one of the elders of the city said, "Speak to us of Good and Evil."
And he answered:
Part One - The Calling
Let me sleep, for my soul is intoxicated with love and
Then Almitra spoke, saying, "We would ask now of Death."
And he said:
And the weaver said, "Speak to us of Clothes."
And he answered: