Excerpts from

Book of Light

(Revised 11/13/97)

War arose in the Land of Light, Criton and his loyal siblings fighting against the Dark One and his brothers, who betrayed the Light. And the Dark One and his supporters fought Criton and his followers; but the rebels were defeated, and there was no longer any place for them in the Lord of Light's realm. And the Dark One was thrown out onto Centuria, and his supporters were exiled with him. And I heard a voice saying in the Land of Light, "Woe to you, O Centuria, for the Dark One has come to you in great wrath!"

And when the Dark One saw that he was on Centuria, he pursued Daethian women who would bear him male children. But by the magic of Corin some of the women were given the two wings of the Bronze Dragon that they might fly from the Dark One into the wilderness of Dumnonia, to the place where they would nourish the warriors who will end the Dark One's reign.

And the Lord of Light said, "I was starving and you fed me. I was parched and you quenched my thirst. I was an outsider and you welcomed me. I was naked and you gave me your cloak. I was injured and you healed me, I was in prison and you rescued me."

And the faithful shall say, "Lord, when did we do these things?"

And He shall answer them, "Truly, I say to you, even as you did this for the least of my warriors, you did it for me."

If your tongue would betray the Light, cut it out; for it would be better for you to be drowned in the Sterrefyr than to be cast into Cinnamar with your tongue. And if your eye would cause you to sin against the Light, pluck it out; it is better for you to stand blind in the presence of the Light than to dwell in the Darkness with two eyes. And if your foot would lead you off the path of the Light, cut it off; for it would be better for you to limp with the armies of the Light than to march evenly with the Forces of the Dark One.

A Prophet shall trust the Law and take pride in the Light; he will know how the will of the Light is expressed in the Law; he shall guide the blind and stand as a beacon for you in the Darkness; he shall teach the ignorant and unlearned in the ways of the Law.

For every event there is a time, and a time for every incident within all futures: A time to sprout, and a time to burn; a time for Light, and a time for Darkness; a time to heal, and a time to slay; a time to hunt, and a time to flee; a time to laugh, and a time to cry; a time to feast, and a time to fast; a time to unite, and a time to separate; a time to touch, and a time to be alone; a time to find, and a time to lose; a time to give, and a time to take; a time to speak, and a time to be mute; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for peace, and a time for war.

As the Light shines equally on all travelers, so should your justice shine on all who come before you seeking your wisdom. Do not say to the rich man, "You are fined one gold coin" and to the poor man, "Your punishment is the same," for such punishments are not equal. The rich man moans and pays you the coin and goes on his way. The poor man has no gold with which to pay the fine and must sell himself into servitude. Therefore, let your corrections be physical, since a missed meal leaves a rich man as hungry as a poor man and a blow to one feels much like a blow to the other.

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