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To rend your little soul would be the act of a blood-thirsty tiger, whereas I have the heart of a sheep.
At this moment, one of the ferocious birds darted right at the balloon, with outstretched beak and claws, ready to rend it with either or both.
They might gouge and rend in a fight--which was no more than natural; but he felt, somehow, that they would gouge and rend according to rule.
Thou who all mankind viewedst-- So God, as sheep--: The God TO REND within mankind, As the sheep in mankind, And in rending LAUGHING--