The Veils of Isis
And as his hands touched the Goddess, the High Priest saw that she trembled as if she had been flesh and blood, and his breath caught, for the Goddess spoke.
"If I refuse," said Isis, "it is for your sake, Amanthes," and her hand touched his hair.
And Amanthes cried aloud:
"To refuse one thing is to refuse all: love knows no denials: I would see you as you are, as the Gods see you face to face."
And the High Priest shuddered in fear, for the grave voice of the Goddess was heard again:
"No woman's soul can resist love: to-morrow it shall be as you desire."
And they saw Amanthes twine his arms round the Goddess and kiss her limbs, and with the last look the High Priest saw that he was prone before the Shrine with his lips pressed against the feet of Isis.
And the High Priest as he went would not even speak with the servitor, for he was full of apprehension, and torn in many ways, partly by affection for Amanthes, partly by curiosity, and most of