Remarks on Shakespeare, His Birth-place, Etc: Suggested by a Visit to Stratford-upon-Avon in the Autumn of 1868

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G. Bell, 1877 - Dramatists, English - 31 pages
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Page 29 - The patronizing air of his people nettled him — caused him to reflect somewhat bitterly that "a prophet is not without honour save in his own country.
Page 12 - When daisies pied and violets blue And lady-smocks all silver-white And cuckoo-buds of yellow hue Do paint the meadows with delight, The cuckoo then, on every tree, Mocks married men ; for thus sings he, Cuckoo ; Cuckoo, cuckoo...
Page 11 - tis he ; why he was met even now As mad as the vex'd sea : singing aloud ; Crown'd with rank fumiter, and furrow weeds, With harlocks, hemlock, nettles, cuckoo-flowers, Darnel, and all the idle weeds that grow In our sustaining corn.
Page 19 - ... without representatives, governed by a mayor and aldermen who are no magistrates, to celebrate a great poet, whose own works have made him immortal, by an ode without poetry, music without melody, dinners without victuals, and lodgings without beds ; a...
Page 18 - O, it offends me to the soul, to hear a robustious, periwigpated fellow tear a passion to tatters, to very rags, to split the ears of the groundlings; who, for the most part, are capable of nothing but inexplicable dumb shows, and noise.
Page 21 - Shakespeare and Stratford-upon-Avon, a "chronicle of the time:" comprising the salient facts and traditions, biographical, topographical, and historical, connected with the poet and his birthplace : together with a full record of the tercentenary celebration.
Page 19 - A Jubilee, as it hath lately appeared, is a public invitation circulated and arranged by puffing, to go posting without horses to an obscure borough without representatives, governed by a Mayor and Aldermen who are no magistrates, to celebrate a...
Page 25 - ... else have stagnated and putrefied and corrupted. Having such offices, being capable of such effects as these, of what vast concern it is, that it should deal with the loftiest problems which man's existence presents— solve them, so far as they are capable of solution here, point to a solution behind the veil where this only is possible; that, whatever it handles, things high or things low, things eternal or things temporal, spiritual or natural, it should be sound, should be healthy; clear,...
Page 26 - ... of our fancy, peopled now with marvellous shapes of strength, of grace, of beauty, of dignity, with beings which have far more reality for us than most of those whom we meet in our daily walk, would be empty and depopulated! And remember that this which we speak of would not be our loss alone, or the loss of those who have lived already, but the disappearance as well of all that delight, of all that instruction, which, so long as the world endures, he will diffuse in circles ever larger, as the...
Page 25 - ... that the garniture of our houses or of our persons should be graceful ; that it should entertain without corrupting : our desires could scarcely extend further. But a nation's literature is very much more than this. The work of its noblest and most gifted sons, the utterance of all which has been deepest and nearest to their hearts, it evokes and interprets the unuttered greatness which is latent in others, but which, except for them, would never have come to the birth. By it the mighty heart...

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