I Make Diamond's Acquaintance 363
But when you had lost your greedy grief,
Content to see from afar, You would find in your hand a withering leaf,
In your heart a shining star.
As Diamond went on singing, it grew very dark, and just as he ceased, there came a great flash of lightning, that blinded us all for a moment. Dulcimer crowed with pleasure; but when the roar of thunder came after it, the little brother gave a loud cry of terror. Nanny and Jim came running up to us, pale with fear. Diamond's face too was paler than usual, but with delight. Some of the glory seemed to have clung to it, and remained shining.
" You're not frightened — are you, Diamond?" I said.
"No. Why should I be?" he answered with his usual question, looking up in my face with calm shining eyes.