Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Novel (Romance) | Redfield | 1854
Transcription 370 SOUTHWARD HO!
prepare. They belong to the studies which I pursue to the
same studies which have enabled me to arrive at truths, some
of which thou thyself host been pleased to acknowledge, and
which, until I� had discovered them, had been hidden from the
experience of men. It can not be held unreasonable and un-
righteous that I employ the weapons the virtues of which I
know, when my enemy uses those for which he is renowned ?"
Some discussion followed, the demand of the accuser being
strenuously resisted by the friends of the accused.
The weapons for knightly encounter," said they, "have
long since been acknowledged. These are sword, and battle-
axe, and spear."
But I am no knight," was the reply ; and as it is permit-
ted to the citizen to do battle with staff and cudgel, which are
his wonted weapons, so may it be permitted to me to make use
of those which are agreeable to my strength, experience, and
the genius of my profession."
Some demur followed from the churchman.
Holy father," replied. the accuser, the sacred volume should
be your guide as it is mine. My claim is such as seems already,
in one famous instance, to have met the most decisive sanction
of God himself."
Here he unfolded the pages of the Holy Scriptures.
Golub," said he, " was a Philistine knight, who came into
battle with the panoply of his order. David appeared with
staff, and sling, and. stone, as was proper to the shepherd. He
rejected the armor with which Saul would have arrayed him for
the combat. The reproach of the Philistine knight comprises
the objection which is offered here�' Am I a dog,' said Gollob,
that thou comest to me with staves ?' The answer of David,
O king ! shall be mine : ' And all this assembly shall know that
the Lord saveth not with sword and spear ; for the battle is the
Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.' Such were his
words they are mine. God will deliver me from the rage of
mine enemy. I will smite him through all his panoply, and in
spite of shield and spear."
He spoke with a momentary kindling of his eyes, which was
soon succeeded by an expression of sadness.
And yet, 0 king ! I would be spared this trial. My heart