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uiet was presently given him.
“In thy total of doctrine, what is Jesus Christ?”
The voice of the Pa nike air max 95 triarch, enfeebled by age and disease, had been scarcely heard; his rival’s penetrated to the most distant corner; and the question happening to be the very thought pervading the assemblage, the churchmen, the courtiers, and most of the high officials arose to hear the reply.
In a tone distinct as his interlocutor’s, but wholly without passion, the master actor returned:
“A Son of God.”
“And Mahomet, the Father of Islam–what is he?”
If the ascetic had put the name Cheap Nike Air Max 1 of Siddartha, the Bodhisattwa, in his second question, his probing had not been so deep, nor the effect so quick and g reat; but Mahomet, the camel-driver! Centuries of feud, hate, crimination, and wars–rapine, battles, sieges, massacres, humiliations, lopping of territory, treaties broken, desecration of churches, spoliation of altars, were evoked by the name Mahomet.
We have seen it a peculiarity of the Prince of India never to forget a relation once formed by him. Now behind Constantine he beheld young Mahommed waiting for him–Mahommed and revenge. If his scheme were rejected by the Greeks, very well–going to the Turks would be the old exchange with which he was familiar, Cross for Crescent. To be sure there was little time to think this; nor did he think it–it appeared and went a glare of light–and he answered:
“He will remain, in the Spirit another of the Sons of God.”
Then Gennadius, beating the air with his crucifi cheap nike air max x: “Liar–im nike air max classic postor– traitor! Ambassador of Satan thou! Behind thee Hell uncurtained! Mahomet himself were more tolerable! Thou mayst turn black white, quench water with fire, make ice of the blood in our hearts, all in a winking or slowly, our reason resisting, but depose the pure and blessed Saviour, or double his throne in the invisible kingdom with Mahomet, prince of liars, man of blood, adulterer, monster for whom Hell had to be enlarged–that shalt thou never! A body without a soul, an eye its light gone out, a tomb rifled of its dead–such the Church without its Christ! … Ho, brethren! Shame on us that we are guests in common with this fiend in cunning! We are not hosts to bid him begone; yet we can ourselves begone. Follow me, O lovers of Christ and the Church! To your tents, O Israel!”
The speaker’s face was purple with passion; his voice filled the chamber; many of the monks broke from their seats and rushed howling and blindly eager to get nearer him. The Patriarch sat ashy white, helplessly crossing himself. Consta cheap nike air max trainers ntine excellently and rapidly judging what became him as Emperor and host, sent four armed officers to protect the Prince, who held his appointed place apparently surprised but really interested in the scene–to him it was an exhibition of unreasoning human nature replying to an old-fashioned impulse of bigotry.
Hardly were the guards by the table, when Gennadius rushed past going to the door, the schismatics at h nike air max is heels in a panic. The pulling and hauling, the hurry-skurry of the mad exit must be left to the imagination. It was great enough to frighten thoroughly the attendants of the Princess Irene. Directly there remained in the chamber with His Majesty, the attaches of the court, the Patriarch and his adherents. Then Constantine quietly asked:
“Where is Duke Notaras?”
There was much looking around, but no response.
The countenance of the monarch was observed to change, but still mindful, he bade the Dean conduct the Prince to him.
“Be not alarmed, Prince. My people are quick of temper, and sometimes they act hastily. If you have more to say, we are of a mind to hear you to the end.”
The Prince could not but admire the composure of his august host. After a low reverence, he returned:
“Perhaps I tried the reverend Fathers unreaso Nike Air Max 1 nably; yet it would be a much greater grief to me if their impatience extended to Your Majesty. I was not alarmed; neither have I aught to add to my discourse, unless it pleases you to ask of anything in it which may have been left obscure or uncertain.”
Constantine signed to the Patriarch and all present to draw nearer.
“Good Dean, a chair for His Serenity.”
In a short time the space in front of the dais was occupied.
“I understand the Prince of India has submitted to us a proposal looking to a reform of our religion,” His Majesty said, to the Patriarch; “and courtesy requiring an answer, the violence to which we have just been subjected, and the spirit of insubordination manifested, make it imperative that you listen to what I now return him, and with attention, lest a misquotation or false report lead to further trouble. nike air max 90 … Prince,” he continued, “I think I comprehend you. The world is sadly divided with respect to religion, and out of its divisions have proceeded the mischiefs to which you have referred. Your project is not to he despised. It reminds me of the song, the sweetest ear ever listened to–‘Peace and good will toward men.’ Its adoption, nevertheless, is another matter. I have not power to alter the worship of my empire. Our present Creed was a conclusion reached by a Council too famous in history not to be conspicuously within your knowledge. Every word of it is infinitely sacred. It fixed the relations between God the Father, Christ the Son, and men to my satisfaction, and that of my subjects. Serenity, do thou say if I may apply the remark to the Church.”
“Your Majesty,” the Patriarch replied, “the Holy Greek Church can never nike air max 90 sale consent to omit the Lor cheap nike air max d Jesus Christ from its worship. You have spoken well, and it had been better if the brethren had remained to hear you.”
“Thanks, O most venerated–thanks,” said the Emperor, inclining his head. “A council having established the creed of the Church,” he resumed, to the Prince of India, “the creed is above change to the extent of a letter except by another council solemnly and authoritatively convoked. Wherefore, O Prince, I admit myself wiser of the views you have presented; I admit having been greatly entertained by your eloquence and rhetoric; and I promise myself fur nike air max 1 ther happiness and profit in drawing upon the stores of knowledge with which you appear so amply provided, results doubtless of your study and travel–yet you have my answer.”
The faculty of retiring his thoughts and feelings deeper nike air max sale in his heart as occasion demanded, was never of greater service to the Prince than now; h Air Max 1 e bowed, and asked if he had permission to retire; and 8

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