He warned the others, so that they all fled away save Meed the maiden.
But the King called a Clerk and told him to comfort Meed. So Justice soon hurried to her bower to comfort her kindly, and many others followed him.
He could have endured poverty, and while this distress had been the meed
of his virtue, he gloried in it; but the ingratitude of the Turk and the loss of his beloved Safie were misfortunes more bitter and irreparable.
The helpful inmate had departed, without one backward glance to gather up the meed
of gratitude, if any were in the hearts of those whom she had served so zealously.
A little shamefaced girl lisped, "Mary had a little lamb," etc., performed a compassion-inspiring curtsy, got her meed
of applause, and sat down flushed and happy.
I have land, money, power, recognition from the world, a consciousness that I do my meed
of good in serving others, a mate whom I love, children that are of my own fond flesh.
Still grander are the gifts of heaven which Musaeus and his son vouchsafe to the just; they take them down into the world below, where they have the saints lying on couches at a feast, everlastingly drunk, crowned with garlands; their idea seems to be that an immortality of drunkenness is the highest meed
"Miss Temple is full of goodness; it pains her to be severe to any one, even the worst in the school: she sees my errors, and tells me of them gently; and, if I do anything worthy of praise, she gives me my meed
Rowena had no sooner beheld him than she uttered a faint shriek; but at once summoning up the energy of her disposition, and compelling herself, as it were, to proceed, while her frame yet trembled with the violence of sudden emotion, she placed upon the drooping head of the victor the splendid chaplet which was the destined reward of the day, and pronounced, in a clear and distinct tone, these words: ``I bestow on thee this chaplet, Sir Knight, as the meed
of valour assigned to this day's victor:'' Here she paused a moment, and then firmly added,
Often have the Achaeans spoken to me of this matter and upbraided me, but it was not I that did it: Jove, and Fate, and Erinys that walks in darkness struck me mad when we were assembled on the day that I took from Achilles the meed
that had been awarded to him.
and as meed
for bringing them May Providence deal with thee kindlier Than it has dealt with me!
To these heroic tempers, such martyrdom is the richest meed
in the world's gift.