He swore luridly, for he felt that it was degradation for one who aimed to be some vague soldier, or a man of blood
with a sort of sublime license, to be taken home by a father.
We have come, O king, we have come from the caves and the rocks and the swamps, To wash in the blood of the slain; We have gathered our host from the air as vultures are gathered in war.
Wizards have dared to smite blood upon the gateways of the king.
Thou art the man who smotest blood on the door-posts of the king to bewitch the king.
I smote blood upon the gateways of my kraal; with my own hand I smote it, that I might learn who were the true doctors and who were the false
The shape was the shape of an aged woman, and even through the blood and mire I knew her.
He shall bewitch thee with blood indeed, Chaka--he and Unandi, thy mother, and Baleka, thy wife.
So I drew back, and sheathed my sword, whereon when he had drank of the blood he began with his prophecy.
This,' I answered, 'must be as it may please heaven, but tell me and tell me and tell me true, I see my poor mother's ghost close by us; she is sitting by the blood without saying a word, and though I am her own son she does not remember me and speak to me; tell me, Sir, how I can make her know me.
Any ghost that you let taste of the blood will talk with you like a reasonable being, but if you do not let them have any blood they will go away again.
On this the ghost of Teiresias went back to the house of Hades, for his prophecyings had now been spoken, but I sat still where I was until my mother came up and tasted the blood.
In the end I deemed that it would be best to draw the keen blade that hung by my sturdy thigh, and keep them from all drinking the blood at once.
As soon as he had tasted the blood, he knew me, and weeping bitterly stretched out his arms towards me to embrace me; but he had no strength nor substance any more, and I too wept and pitied him as I beheld him.
Ye come for bright stones; I know it--I know it; ye shall find them when the blood is dry; but shall ye return whence ye came, or shall ye stop with me?
Methinks I know thee; methinks I can smell the smell of the blood in thy heart.