`Just you shut up, Bower o' Bliss!' said one of the undergraduates. `Silence!' He drank off the spirits in his tumbler, rapped with it on the counter, and announced, `The gentleman in the corner is going to rehearse the Articles of his Belief, in the Latin tongue, for the edification of the company.'
`I won't!' said Jude.
`Yes - have a try!' said the surplice-maker.
`You can't!' said Uncle Joe.
`Yes, he can!' said Tinker Taylor.
`I'll swear I can!' said Jude. `Well, come now, stand me a small Scotch cold, and I'll do it straight off.'
`That's a fair offer,' said the undergraduate, throwing down the money for the whisky.
The barmaid concocted the mixture with the bearing of a person compelled to live amongst animals of an inferior species, and the glass was handed across to Jude, who, having drunk the contents, stood up and began rhetorically, without hesitation:
`Credo in unum deum, patrem omnipotentem, factorem coeli et terrae, visibilium omnium et invisibilium.'
`Good! Excellent Latin!' cried one of the undergraduates, who, however, had not the slightest conception of a single word.
A silence reigned among the rest in the bar, and the maid stood still, Jude's voice echoing sonorously into the inner parlour, where the landlord was dozing, and bringing him out to see what was going on. Jude had declaimed steadily ahead, and was continuing:
`Crucifixus etiam pro nobis: sub Pontio Pilato passus, et sepultus est. et resurrexit tertia die, secundum scripturas.'
`That's the Nicene,' sneered the second undergraduate. `And we wanted the Apostles'!'
`You didn't say so! And every fool knows, except you, that the Nicene is the most historic creed!'
`Let un go on, let un go on!' said the auctioneer.
But Jude's mind seemed to grow confused soon, and he could not get on. He put his hand to his forehead, and his face assumed an expression of pain.
`Give him another glass - then he'll fetch up and get through it,' said Tinker Taylor.
Somebody threw down threepence, the glass was handed, Jude stretched out his arm for it without looking, and having swallowed the liquor, went on in a moment in a revived voice, raising it as he neared the end with the manner of a priest leading a congregation:
`Et in Spiritum Sanctum, Dominum et vivificantem, qui ex Patre Filioque procedit. qui cum Patre et Filio simul adoratur et conglorificatur. Qui locutus est per prophetas.
`Et unam Catholicam et Apostolicam Ecclesiam. Confiteor unum Baptisma in remissionem peccatorum. Et exspecto Resurrectionem mortuorum. Et vitam venturi saeculi. Amen.'
`Well done!' said several, enjoying the last word, as being the first and only one they had recognized.
Then Jude seemed to shake the fumes from his brain, as he stared round upon them.
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