The Dark Blue Volume 4

The Dark Blue Volume 4

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ... stricture was too obvious for Canon Kingsley to mention. Let us take all the carpets up, scour the floor of_society well, see if we cannot get a sniff of fresh air, if we cannot wrestle with the masculine problems of real life. Canon Kingsley observes that many people have eyes, and see not---ears, and hear not. How can they when a mountain of petticoats impedes the vision, and a chorus of feminine screams riddles the ear? In old days the croquet lawn was unknown, but athletic sports flou rished tolerably. The stately-limbed Greeks had kings for their re ferees and poets for their reporters. The referee of the Pythian Games was Philip of Macedon, the reporter of the Pythian Games was Pindar. Every line of the burning bard, written in honour of the chaplet of wild olive was repaid in gold. Was ever ' reporter ' of 'athletic sports more eloquent or 'lliner ' better paid? Well, if we do not cap the victor with laurel, we do cap the Pythian Games with a parallel. Why not reproduce the principles of the Greek gymnasia, 'as well as the combats of the Pythian Games? Cramped in our crowded urban hives, pale with shopkeeping, poisoned with fetid air, martyrs_to the physical deterioration of great cities. I envy Lord Houghton's men of old. The young Greeks, for example, were drilled, bathed, oiled, shampooed. They were taught by accomplished professors to harden the curves of their limbs, consolidate the knots of their muscles. and develop the beauty of their fibre. Hence they crushed the untrained multitudes of Persia. Can you imagine a Greek mudlark, a Greek croquet player? The fanciful achievement is impossible, Greek men and boys are together at the gymnasium, as they ought to be, forming friendships, ..show more

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  • Paperback | 318 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 17mm | 572g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236980328
  • 9781236980328