There is a story told of Catherine the Great of Russia who was by birth a German and had not a drop of Slav blood in her veins. She did her utmost to become a Russian to the Russians, and to master their language. Once, when her doctor was, as was the custom in those days, bleeding her for some ailment or other, she remarked to him, 'There goes the last drop of German blood, I hope.'
(1 Cor. 2. 14; 15. 22; 2 Cor. 5. 17)