The Valley of Decision

The Valley of Decision  (1901) 
by Edith Wharton

Book I: The Old OrderEdit

Prima che incontro alla festosa fronte
I lugubri suoi lampi il ver baleni.

Book II: The New LightEdit

Zu neuen Ufern lockt ein neuer Tag.

Book III: The ChoiceEdit

The Vision touched him on the lips and said:
Hereafter thou shalt eat me in thy bread,
Drink me in all thy kisses, feel my hand
Steal 'twixt thy palm and Joy's, and see me stand
Watchful at every crossing of the ways,
The insatiate lover of thy nights and days.

Book IV: The RewardEdit

Where are the portraits of those who have perished in spite of their vows?