The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur

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C. Scribner's Sons, 1910 - Grail - 258 pages
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The last in Pyle's Arthur series, as usual impressively illustrated. Unfortunately this modern reprint is cose to illegible in places. Read full review

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Page ii - The Story of the Champions of the Round Table," "The Story of Sir Launcelot and His Companions," "The Story of the Grail and the Passing of Arthur," form an incomparable collection for children.
Page 112 - Nero was stated to measure eleven feet from the tip of his nose to the end of his tail, and his proportions were in other respects large.
Page 105 - And those voices chaunted a melody that was so sweet and ravishing that it caused the heart to melt as with an agony. Then the walls of that chapel opened like a door and a light shone forth with a remarkable lustre so that it illuminated the face of that dying knight, and of the page who upheld him. And at the same time the song burst forth in great volume, as it were a thunder of chaunting.
Page 104 - Yea, Lord, now I behold a light!" All this Sir Launcelot beheld in that waking dream, and though it was in the darkness of night, yet he beheld it very clearly, as though it were by the sun of noonday. For he beheld the face of the knight that it was white as of pure wax, and that the sweat of death stood in beads upon his forehead. And he beheld that the esquire was young and fair, and There cometh that he had long ringlets of yellow hair that curled down
Page viii - I have shaped them and adapted them from the ancient style in which they were first written so as to fit them to the taste of those who read them to-day.
Page 253 - Thus they remained there for three years and in that time they dwelt in great peace and concord. And they disturbed none of those things that were living within the forest, so that the wild creatures of the forest presently grew tame to them. For they could lay their hands upon the haunches of the wild doe of the forest and it would not flee away from them, for the wild thing wist that they meant it no harm.
Page 246 - ... then will King Arthur awake from his sleep." Pyle sees this time as "nigh at hand" because "less and less is there war within the world, and more and more is there peace and concord and good will amongst men
Page 253 - For her face was translated by that sir light so that it was all of a glorious and rosy pink in its color, And the Queen was clad all in a very straight robe of cloth of gold and that robe shone with a very singular lustre. And around her neck and her arms were many ornaments of gold and these also shone and glittered as she moved or breathed.
Page 246 - Arthur (1910), also depicts an Edenic Avalon where Arthur awaits his return: 'The people of Avalon are always happy, for never do they bear enmity to one another, but all live in peace and tranquility watching their flocks, which are as white as snow, and their herds, whose breath smelleth of wild thyme and parsley" (246). In Pyle's view a comparably Edenic world can be created for all people and with the help of all people. Arthur will return, according to Pyle, when "all shall be peace and concord...
Page 127 - For duty lyeth before all the pleasures and all the glories of the world, wherefore he who doeth his duty under all circumstances, that man cannot go astray in his performances.

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