Among Famous Books eBook

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     But (when so sad thou canst not sadder)
       Cry;—­and upon thy so sore loss
     Shall shine the traffic of Jacob’s ladder
       Pitched between Heaven and Charing Cross.

     Yea, in the night, my Soul, my daughter,
       Cry;—­clinging Heaven by the hems;
     And lo, Christ walking on the water,
       Not of Genesareth, but Thames."[7]

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[1] King Lear, Act III. scene vi.

[2] Compare the song of Mr. Valiant-for-Truth beginning,

“Who would true valour see”

with Shakespeare’s

“Who doth ambition shun.”

As You Like It, II. v.

[3] For these and other points of resemblance, cf.  Professor Firth’s Leaflet on Bunyan (English Association Papers, No. 19).

[4] On Compromise, published 1874.

[5] In his latest volume (Marriage), Mr. Wells has spoken in a different tone from that of his other recent works.  It is a welcome change, and it may be the herald of something more positive still, and of a wholesome and inspiring treatment of the human problems.  But behind it lie First and Last Things, Tono Bungay, Ann Veronica, and The New Macchiavelli.

[6] Mr. Chesterton perceives this, though he does not always express it unmistakably.  He tells us that he does not mean to attack the authority of reason, but that his ultimate purpose is rather to defend it.

[7] These verses, probably unfinished and certainly left rough for future perfecting, were found among Francis Thompson’s papers when he died.

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