The Judgement House by Gilbert Parker Page 2 of 485
XXXVII UNDER THE GUN
XXXIX "THE ROAD IS CLEAR"
Except where references to characters well-known to all the world occur in these pages, this book does not present a picture of public or private individuals living or dead. It is not in any sense a historical novel. It is in conception and portraiture a work of the imagination.
"Strangers come to the outer wall -
(Why do the sleepers stir?)
Strangers enter the Judgment House -
(Why do the sleepers sigh?)
Slow they rise in their judgment seats,
Sieve and measure the naked souls,
Then with a blessing return to sleep.
(Quiet the Judgment House.)
Lone and sick are the vagrant souls -
(When shall the world come home?)"
"Let them fight it out, friend! things have gone too far,
God must judge the couple: leave them as they are -
Whichever one's the guiltless, to his glory,
And whichever one the guilt's with, to my story!