OF THE THREE EVIL ONES 2/5
pass for the first time, that his word praised blessed selfishness, whole, healthy selfishness that springeth from a mighty soul
From a mighty soul, part of which is the high body, the beautiful, victorious, recreative, round which everything becometh a mirror
The flexible, persuading body, the dancer whose likeness and summary is the self-joyful soul. The self-joy of such bodies and souls calleth itself 'virtue.'
With its words of good and bad such a self-joy protecteth itself as with sacred groves. With the narfies of its happiness it banisheth from itself all that is contemptible.
Away from itself it banisheth all that is cowardly. It saith : ' Bad that meaneth cowardly ! ' Contempti- ble appeareth unto it the ever sorrowful, sighing, miserable one, and whoever collecteth even the small- est advantage.
It despiseth all wisdom happy in misery. For, verily, there is also wisdom that flourisheth in dark- ness, a wisdom of night-like shadows which ever sigh- eth : ' All is vain ! '
The shy mistrusting is regarded as inferior, and whoever wanteth oaths instead of looks and hands ; including all all-too-mistrustful wisdom ; for such is the way of cowardly souls.
As lower still it regardeth him who is. quick to oblige, dog-like, who at once lieth down on his back,