But I trust you do not mean to desecrate
this exquisite creature with paint, like those staring kings and admirals yonder?
But don't you see that it is exactly what those pagan nobles would have done, to desecrate
it with a sort of heathen goddess, as the Roman Emperor built a temple to Venus on the Holy Sepulchre.
The remaining guards, reinforced by the high dignitaries and nobles of the First Born, closed in between us and Issus, who sat leaning far forward upon her carved sorapus bench, now screaming high-pitched commands to her following, now hurling blighting curses upon those who sought to desecrate
Thuvan Dihn," he said slowly, "must have great provocation thus to desecrate
the ancient customs which inspire the deportment of a guest within the palace of his host.
This foe confounding Thy land, desiring to lay waste the whole world, rises against us; these lawless men are gathered together to overthrow Thy kingdom, to destroy Thy dear Jerusalem, Thy beloved Russia; to defile Thy temples, to overthrow Thine altars, and to desecrate
our holy shrines.
Why should we desecrate
noble and beautiful souls by intruding on them?