man thought. The glaring passions, that were unwill
ing to believe in other immortality than that that comes
through posterity, other heaven than that of sensuous
pleasure, fascinated and dominated hearts and souls.
"And worshiping women-gods did this."
" Worshiping beings with the form of women did
it ! Reverence for true womanhood ever exalts and
never degrades. But these ancients adored very gor-
gons with snakes for hair, and having tearing, brazen
claws. They set these gorgons with the Harpies, in
their mythologies, at the gates of dark Pluto s palace.
Alas, where men are led by ill-flavored women, is ever
more Pluto s gateway."
The Rcirls of Men and Rites of their Goddesses. 219
" The up-digging of these ancient soils, knight, give
forth foul odors. Did they not dread a just and jeal
ous God ^ "
" No. It is the constant voice of history that false
belief concerning these things of which I have spoken,
brings both blindness and degradation. Unbelief comes
swiftly in the wake of impurity. The gorgons had but
one eye and that had the malign power of turning to
stone all upon whom its glance fell. When men deify
a fallen woman then look for a cataclysm of evils. Riz-
pah has seen little of the world, but this in time she ll
find true ; the man whose cult or faith bends toward
the libidinous is on the way to utteratheism. So these
old-time free-lovers, like those of to-day, push out
of the universe in their belief, the Great, Beautiful.
First Cause. The pure in heart see God ; the impure
can not even pray to Him. The latter must be aided
by an Immaculate One. They make a gulf betwixt their
souls and heaven, which Great Mercy alone can bridge."
"Ah, knight, I d dread a return of those gross idol
atries, knowing mankind s trend, but that I knew that
Shiloh was to corne as a Reformer." The knight
caught at the words of his wife to lead her toward his
own dear belief.
" If He came to Rizpah in the form of a man, unique
because of his virgin purity, unlike any other in being
all unselfish, and accompanied by a peerless woman,
exemplifying all that is best in the gentle sex ; between
Himself and that woman a love deep to love s last depth,
pure as a sunbeam, enduring as eternity itself, would
Rizpah welcome Him ! "
"That would be a wondrous coming; but I d wel
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" Docs Rizpah believe such an appearing desir.
able ? "
"Oh, on my soul, yes! If he should so come, me-
thinks the rites which have gone on in the secrecy of
the groves, under the uncertain light of the moon, would
be driven from the earth, and men come to worship
God, taking that man for the ideal of manhood, that
woman as woman s pattern."
" Dost thou see that stone with eight lines crossing,
lying just there by the image of Astarte?"
" I see it and the lines ; but what of them ? "
" In the far East, the land of the Fire Worshipers,
on almost all the handiwork of man that symbol is
placed. It is to represent an eight-pointed star, the
Assyrian sign of immortality."
"Eight lines crossing to represent immortal life?
This is inane ! "
"Not quite. I had its explanation from my wander
ing Jew, Ichabod, learned by much travel in the lore
of many peoples. He thus interpreted the symbol
as the Assyrians understood it ; man, a four-pointed
star; his four radiate limbs suggesting that likeness.
Thou knowest that the Israelites have been wont to call
men stars? The Assyrians, not having the sure word,
were led to seek by human philosophy a theory of
immortality, and they got no further than twice four,
two human beings in union ; so eight or a double
star, their symbol of marriage, represented the only
immortality they were able to find ; that that comes
from reproduction. At least that was the only reality,
the rest being very vaguely believed, and believed only
because they thought that the mystery of a new life
coming forth, was a hint of a spiritual method analo-
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gous to the material. They then fell to worshiping the
sun, the great fructifier and light of nature ; fire, the
essence of passion, became their highest god. It is
said that those Magi of the East, that arrived long ago
at Bethlehem, were fire worshipers, and that in answer
to a cry for light, constantly uttered by their race, they
took their journey to Judah, seeking it."
" The world must turn to Israel ever for the truth,
" For some truth ; not all ; but there is a tradition
that the star the wise men followed was a double one,
two planets in conjunction. There is a fitness in the
legend, for the seekers of light were brought to the cave
where lay a mother and babe ; the latter God s finest
presentment of immortality, the Incarnation ; the fruit
of the Divine in union with the human. I stand over
come, with wonder and reverence when I remember
that they of the East had some light from the Jews
they held captive ages before. They lost most of what
they had, then, longing for its return, God answered
their prayer by taking them to the finest of schools, a
blessed home circle. Behold all the East looking for
light at Bethlehem ! "
Rizpah evaded her husband s graceful attempt to
impress on her Christian tenets, by replying: " I prefer
the Jewish choice number Seven, though I can not give
it fine interpretations, as thou to the Eight of the East."
<% Rizpah prefers it because it is Jewish, and I prefer
Seven because I read therein a covenant ; for Seven is
the sacred covenant number of God s Word. Let me
interpret: There is a Triune God, symbolized by
Three ; then man, the child of chance, the being tossed
hither and thither by the four winds, a complex union
The QHCCH of the House of David.
himself of body, mind, animal life and immortal spirit.
Four is his representative number, or symbol. The
Assyrians paired fours; the Jews vaguely discerned a
grander path to eternal felicity through the con
junction of God and man, the Three and the Four.
From this they derived their covenant number.
" These are charming explanations, Sir Charleroy ;
especially so, if sure ones ! "
" But the truths are fairer than my poor words. I
read that at creation the morning stars meaning the
beings that know no night, the very sons of God -
shouted for joy ! They saw an immortality having its
springs in the being of the Eternal, and were glad.
Since then the race has diverged into two lines. The
gross and unbelieving, seeking to effect the apotheosis
of human lust, have gone their ways reveling under the
moonlight, and building their fanes in the groves
which fade, while the believing and God-taught have
walked in a covenant toward Him, Who only hath im
mortality dwelling in light. Rizpah, some day that
home group at Bethlehem, a father, mother, and child,
surrounded by angels, overshadowed by God, will come
to be thought the finest ideal of this life. Yea, a pic
ture of Heaven itself ! "
The knight s wife fixed her piercing, dark eyes on his ,
there were expressed in her countenance admiration
and fearfulness. She was charmed by his lofty senti
ments, yet apprehensive of being led into some dan
gerous, Christian heresy. Fanaticism always has a
terror of heresy, so-called, even though it seemed to
be full of white truth. Presently she question"
" So Og, great as a mountain o f ri - u j ...,u Astarte,
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goddess of the pleasure that kills, only, of all Kunawat s
.ancients, have left enduring names? "
" One other name endures, the ages brightening its
luster Job, loyal to the last, in spite of the devil and
a virago wife."
" Poor woman ! say I of Job s wife. None have told
her side of her family troubles. May be Job haunted
the grove of the moon-crowned ? "
"Maybe? Never! His splendid orations bespoke
a man walking nigh Jehovah. Listen : If I beheld the
moon walking in brightness, if my heart hath been
secretly enticed, or my mouth kissed my hand, let
thistles grow instead of wheat. He said this amid
the votaries of the Lust-Queen."
" And Job may be praised, not only as proof that
there has been one patient man on earth, but as proof
that a good man will stand. pure to the last, though the
world about acclaim the praise of delightful sins ? "
" He stood because entranced by his beautiful ideal.
He loved Him whose name is Holiness."
" Heaven comes at last to such."
"Job was God s best friend on earth in his day, and
his Heavenly Father gave him as his reward His best
earthly gift a new, pure, happy, fruitful home."
" Are we through now with the fascinating image,
knight ? "
" Yes, Rizpah, if we take to heart its warnings. May
we preserve our integrity, and have a home as our re
ward finer than that of the Man of Uz; yea, verily, as
fine in its tempers and virtues as that of Bethlehem."
So saying, the knight led Rizpah toward their abode.
\ BATTLE OF GIANTS AT BOZRAH
Sleep the ghostly winds are blowing !
No moon abroad no star is glowing.
The river is deep and the tide is flowing
To the land where you and I are going !
We are going afar,
Beyond moon or star,
To the land where the sinless angels are !
I lost my heart to your heartless sire
( Twas melted away by his looks of fire),
Forgot my God, and my father s ire,
All for the sake of a man s desire ;
But now we ll go
Where the waters flow,
And make our bed where none shall know."
" The Mothers Last Song. 1 1 BARRY CORNWAL*,
" How shall we order the child, and how shali we do."-
judges xiii. 12.
IR CHARLEROY and his consort took up
their abode in one of the many deserted
ancient stone houses of the city of Bozrah.
The latter, situated in one of the most
fertile plains of earth, once having upward of one
hundred thousand inhabitants, several times having
risen to metropolitan splendor, ages ago sank into
neglect, decay and desolation. But with wonderful
persistence that city preserves the records, or relics, of
A Battle of Giants at Bozrah. 225
what it was in better, greater days. The antiquarian
to-day finds in and around Bozrah the dwellings,
palaces and temples of many and various peoples,
some piled in strata-like courses, one above the other,
<:ach layer the tombstone of its predecessor; some
is fine as they were forty centuries ago. The
innalist there has at hand as an open book the
achievements of some of the mightiest men of earth,
physically. The latter were contemporary with that
line of God s moral giants, of which Abraham, Moses
and David were representative leaders first, and Christ
finally. The strata of Bozrah tell of differing policies,
politics, religions; all alike in one thing the attempt
to build upon the buttresses of giant force ; but they
present in the end the one result failure; all being
equally dead at the last, if not equally herculean at
the first. Sheer robustness in the armies of Rome,
the Turk, Alexander, and Og wrought out their best
about the Bashan cities, and in that theater played
the eternally losing game of all such. It seems as if
God had chosen that part of all the world to illustrate
this great lesson of His providence. The Roman,
Mohammedan, Greek, and others like them, there had
their brutal and sensuous existence. There the Cru
sader carried also his banners; but the end of the
Rephaim was the forerunner and prophecy of all the
other giantesque gatherings that followed after them.
E.ach passing race and dynasty left its monuments
and tokens of possession ; but of all, those of the
first, the giants, are the most enduring, most wonder-
ful. These dateless, huge, rugged, fort-like dwellings,
standing just as they did four thousand years ago, ex
cept that they are mostly unoccupied, are impressivp
226 The Queen of the House of David.
monuments and reminders of the mighty denizens
who once abode within them. There are ruins of
temples, palaces, houses of commerce and places of
amusement, but chiefly of homes; the latter, sig-
riificantly, instructively, being the best preserved of
all. Sir Charleroy observed this circumstance, and
casually remarked to Rizpah, as they bestowed their
effects in one of the ancient domiciles:
" If ever I take to building, I ll build abiding places
for people, only. Such are the most lasting."
But while he came thus near to a royal truth, he did
not make it his own. It passed through his mind and
he felt its light, as one might that from the wing of a
ministering spirit, while his eyes were holden and his
back turned. He immediately left the angelic thought,
to go wandering through years of misery, before com
ing back face to face with it again. Sir Charleroy and
Rizpah, a western soldier and a woman of Israel, two
giants in their way, began a new career at Bozrah. It
was providential. Measuring power by the only avail
able test at hand, namely, what it accomplishes, it was
manifest long ago to all that the brawn of the Cyclops
was not the master force of the word. Hercules
cleansed the earth of mythical, not real evils. Sir
Charleroy and Rizpah are fittingly brought to the thea
ter of the giants for the purpose of testing the potency
of giantesque sentimentality and stubborn, mighty
ardor. To this end, two will do as well as a nation,
and a decade will be as conclusive as a score of gene
rations. The husband and wife entered Bozrah gladly,
and quickly adapted themselves to their new surround
ings. They were both very impressible, and there
were many things in their new environments that im
A Battle cf Giants at Bozrah. . 22-j
pressed and stimulated them. Nature s face and loca
tions may be changed by man, but he can not change
her heart. She, on the other hand, is invincible in her
conquests of both his face and inner being. Climate
and environments determine the characters and careers
of the majorities. The sleets of the North, in time,
will goad the sensuous Turk or Hottentot to high
activity, while the Cossack or Esquimaux, under tropi
cal suns soon fall into luxuriousness and laziness. Boz-
rah began its molding of the knight and his wife.
Rizpah and Sir Charleroy were at first attracted to
Giant Land by the hugeness of its monuments and
ghostly greatness of its record. They received at Boz-
rah their first impulse to settle and make a home.
Probably they were largely influenced by the con
viction tiiat, in its way, there was nothing more
entrancing or majestic beyond. For the best results,
to them, the second selection was altogether unfortu
nate. They had made their home in the midst of
battle-fields, and the atmosphere that hung over all
things was like that over a defeated army, sullenly sub
mitting. The new coiners from the beginning, in their
new home, were immersed in ghostly memories, and
that atmosphere so like the breath of a bound yet
struggling giant. They were affected more than they
realized by all these things.
" No more tours, no more worlds, for us to conquer ! "
exclaimed the knight.
Rizpah, her cheerfulness of mind largely recovered,
replied to this remark of Sir Charleroy with a ban
tering laugh, at the same time pointing upward.
Quickly, and with retort cruel as a giant s javelin, he
228 The Queen of the House of David.
" Aias, so soon Rizpah seeks my final departure
from her! "
The cavalier was no more ; it was the brusque and
gross within him that spoke. Had he been courtly, even
without being Christian, he would have been consider
ate enough not to have cruelly jested concerning that
which lay in his wife s heart as a possible and sad fact.
Often the thought of eternal separation from her hus
band, even from eternal hope, haunted her now.
Her husband knew this.
For a moment his answer seemed to stun her; then
the affectations of pouting on her mobile face, coming
when she pointed upward, changed into lines of anger.
A hot flush mounting up to the roots of her hair, hung
out the warning signal.
The knight, pretending not to observe the change,
twined his arms about his wife and mockingly sighed :
" Poor girl ! I can find no wings on thee. I once
thought thou hadst such. They must have dropped
There was no reply. He then began to retreat, to
placate, and to that intent drew her closer and closer
to his heart, until, embracing her, his hands clasped ;
but, for the first time since the event near Gcrash,
when the Arabs were vanquished, his caress was with
out response. He tried a thrust thus:
" Well, beloved, since thou dost banish me, bestow
a kiss of long farewell."
Quickly, Rizpah flung aside his embracing arms and
cried: " Shechemite ! I m no Dinah, won by false
" Shcchcm was more honorable than all the house of hi
^ quoted the knight in reply.
A baffle of Giants at Bosrah. 229
" He loved himself, his passions ; to these gods he
gave up with all devotion, and they immolated him.
That was good ! "
" Why, Rizpah, thou art pettish."
" Rizpah ! Thou art adroit in using bitter similes ; a
brutalizing power, when brutally used ! Now, call me
Jarnsaxa. Thou toldst me, yesterday, how that
mighty male god of the Norse, Thor, while hating her
people, to the death, stole Jarnsaxa. Yea, and how
many giants fell for women. Perhaps thou didst want
me to pity thee. We are in Giant Land now, and thou
canst begin to play Colossus !"
The knight was startled, and quickly entreated :
"My queen, lets drop the masks; no more of this;
forget my sarcasm, and I ll forgive the recriminations.
A truce and pardon, in the name of love. What says
" Esther? Thou calledst me that when cavalier,
turning lover. Thou art neither now!" The sen
tence ended in a petulant sob.
" Oh, stay now. It was playfulness. I there, now !
Canst thou not brook a little playfulness from me?"
Playfulness? Bah! Ye men play so like lions,
forgetting to keep the claws cushioned ! But, no\v
thou hadst better be going, saint the only one hen
Go, now, right along to heaven. They want thee there
They want thee, not me." Then she choked back
another sob, but instantly thereafter, dashing the rising
:ear from her eyes, she bitter-ly exclaimed : "At any
rate, thou lt have company ! "
The begetter and chief of all restless vagabonds ! "
So; I never heard of him. Has he a name, my dear?"
230 The Queen of the House of David,
The knight was sarcastic, because he was nettled.
Rizpah s eyes glittered with the fire of offended
pride, and she quickly began in measured tone, as if in
soliloquy, and alone, to quote Job s record of satan s
joining the assembly of the sons of God :
" There was a day when the sons of God came to pre
sent themselves before the Lord, and sat an came also.
And the Lord said whence earnest tJiou ? Then sat an
said from going to and fro in the earth and from walk
ing up and down in it."
" My wife responds to my penitence with bitterness ;
but even the pagans were wiser. They ever took the
gall from the animals offered to Juno, goddess of wed
" Thy wife promised to be thy helpmate and give
thee all she had. Now, just forget thy fine paganism,
being a Christian long enough to remember that I m
thy helpmate in all things, even in bitterness. I give
thee all, even returning thy giving."
"Thou shouldst not make so much of my little mis
" Nothing is little with which one must constantly
live. Great breaks grow from little fractures. One
may stand a blow, but its the constant fretting that
roughs the heart-strings to woe unendurable. Thou
hast a habit of playfully hurting."
" Well, this has been a day at school ; there ought to
be a school for husbands ! We do not half understand
the fine, sensitive creatures that companion us."
" Oh, thou thoughtst thou wcrt a woman-reader!"
" Were I to see an angel with a body like a harp,
eyes like the unsearchable ocean, heart of flame, arms
like flowering vines, covered with prismatic wings, I d
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be no more puzzled and abashed than I ?.m now by
my high-strung, fine-tempered Rizpah."
"Puzzled! abashed! I d help thee pity thy wounded
conceit, but that I know that thou art soon to ascend.
Art thou going now ! "
" I am afraid not, since I ve so many more sins than
graces. When elephants soar with butterfly wings,
thou mayst look for my departure. Till then I ll stay
here and practice the patience of Job, beset with his
" How elegantly the cavalier uses simile in coining
"Heavens! Rizpah, thou dost twist my meanings !
Why distort, instead of pardoning my blunders, making
both of us miserable ! "
" Oh, then, thou hast grace enough not to liken me
to thy besetting, evil spirit, at least in words? "
" No, no, tis refined cruelty to put me on the de
fense as to that. Believe it or not, Rizpah of Gerash
and Rizpah of Bozrah are the same. My heart to its
co r e says so ! "
This second quarrel, that should not have been be
gun, had the merit of ending, as it should, in reconcili
ation, tears, embraces and a great many excellent
pledges. Yet Sir Charleroy did not greatly profit by
the experience. He failed to perceive that these first
breaks in the rythmic flow of conjugal love are great
shocks to a deeply affectionate woman. He knew that
men easily recover from rebuffs, and so did not stop to
consider that young wife-hood was the highest expres
sion on earth of utter clinging to one sole support.
He knew his own feelings ;md took them for the stand
ard. He set himself up as the pattern, quite uncon-
232 The Queen of the House of David.
sciously, perhaps: ; and after the conflict in which he
came off conceded victor, he was condescending in his
manner. This was unfortunate. Rizpah did not need
to be told that her husband was wiser and stronger
willed and more self-possessed and more able to endure
life s trial than herself. All this she believed, abso
lutely, when she surrendered her heart to the man at
the first. Woman-like, these were the very circum
stances that caused her to love him as she did. A
woman never loves completely until her love is supple
mented by adoration. She must believe the man, who
would make full conquest, is one to whom she can
look up ; one some way her superior. But while a
loving woman will give a devotion almost religious, she
vill be pained amid her delights of committal by a
haunting fear that he whom she adores may rise away
from her. In the very plenitude of her fullest love-
worship she will deny the reverence, sometimes, in a
seeming inconsistency, rebuff and even ridicule her
idol. It is with her a sort of hysteria, a confession of
secret terror, lest she and he grow apart in mind, and
so come to part in body. Hence it is a giant cruelty
on the part of a husband, sometimes, to enforce, or
thrust forward, his size or his lordship. They may be
facts, but God has set over against them as their equal
that love which clings, stimulates and supplements,
without which the finest man is far less than the half
of the united twain. Sir Charleroy blundered along
in his error ; Rizpah tried to be happy and failed.
She did not know how to make the best of her sur
roundings, and Sir Charleroy did not know, because he
did not seek religiously to find out how to help her
make the best of them. They had some periods of
A Battle of Giants at Bozrah. 233
pleasure, but they continually grew briefer and were
more frequently interrupted as time went on. She was
ill, he suffered himself to think her at times ill-tem
pered. As a lover, he admired her outbreaks as very
brilliant, and flattered her by remarking that she had
the metal of an Arabian steed ; as a husband, he thought
her very disagreeable when pettish or angry. Indeed,
though he never said so to her, he did say to himself that
at times she was very like a virago. The only steed
that came to his mind then was the ass, to which he
likened himself when he considered himself the perfec
tion of submissive patience.
A new event radically changed the picture and situ
ation in this troubled home.
The prayer of prayers was heard in Bozrah ; the cry
of a baby ; a bundle of needs and helplessness, with no
language but a cry. Processions of silent centuries had
passed through those halls since they echoed the hoarse
voices of the brawny beings who built them. One
could not hear the infant cry without remembering the
contrasts. A baby ; a puny one at that, and of the
gentler sex, besides being of a race pigmy compared to
the stalwarts who builded those abodes. Sir Charleroy
and his consort had set up their household gods, and for