Guard well the way, that the angelic host may not shut thee out
from among them, and be just that the judgement of God may not
turn thee from him.
that it may bring thee salvation, then take good heed lest thy modesty
Honour women with pure love. If a man does not revere women
and priests, then the anchor of his honour sinks into a slough of
infamy whence it can never be raised. Women bring us into the
world, priests bring us to God; so guard thou well the way that,
both here and in heaven, thou mayest have happiness and joy.
Let thine eyes be like an ostrich whose piercing glance has power
to hatch her eggs; be wary that thou mayest escape harm; carry
watchfulness in thy heart, even as the lynx, lest any should seek
to befool thee. Let thy neck be flexible as that of the crane on the
watch against betrayal or fraud, but hold thy head modestly like
the dove. Twofold is the nature of the eagle; let thy left hand
practice its mildness and thy right hand its justice. Let thy heart
be like the lion, strong and sublime. Plant thyself firmly on thy feet,
even as the bear, that thou mayest stand fast in adversity as in
Twine for thyself a garland of twelve flowers on the day of
festival. The first flower is purity of behaviour, the second,
chastity; the third, mildness; the fourth, fidelity; the fifth,
temperance in all things - by two kinds of intemperance, lust and
greed, man's virtue becomes endangered, for both spell death to
the soul and body. The sixth flower is care and foresight; the
seventh, bashfulness; the eight, modesty; the ninth,
perseverance; and the tenth, humility. This humility it was that Lucifer
forgot; now guard well thy way
Patience is the eleventh flower, and the twelfth is love.
Now guard well thy way, for the last flower - love - will guide thee
to the singing of the angels.
When no longer numbers and figures
Are keys to all creatures,
In a drama of the highest order there is little food for censure or hatred; it teaches rather self-knowledge and self-respect.