But the keen and the proud, the royal and the lofty; ye are brothers!
The Old Comment
(48-62.) Appears to be a plain instruction in theology and ethics.
The New Comment
"the keen:" these are the men whose Will is as a sword sharp and straight, tempered and ground and polished its flawless steel; with a Wrist and an Eye behind it.
"the proud:" these are the men who know themselves to be stars, and bend the knee to none. True pride prevents a man from doing aught unworthy of himself.
"the royal:" these are the men whose nature is kingly, the men who 'can.' They know themselves born rulers, whether their halidom be Art, or Science, or aught else soever.
"The lofty:" these are the men who, being themselves high-hearted, endure not any baseness.