He glanced sideways at Stephen with a strange smile and said: --Do you consider that poetry? Or do you know what the words mean? --I want to see Rosie first, said Stephen. The glories of Mary held his soul captive: spikenard and myrrh and frankincense, symbolizing her royal lineage, her emblems, the late-flowering plant and late-blossoming tree, symbolizing the age-long gradual growth of her cultus among men. Grose tried to keep up with me. And perhaps this is that doom which Adam fell into of knowing good and evil, that is to say of knowing good by evil.