John Harvard and His Times. with Illus. from Photographs

John Harvard and His Times. with Illus. from Photographs

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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. 1907 edition. Excerpt: ...a 'tall thin youth, of clear olive complexion and a wrapt expression'; Seth Ward, my future lord bishop, his flaxen hair and boyish stature winning, sadly to his discomfiture, the attention of grave seniors whenever he ventures beyond the walls of Sidney; Cleveland, the satirist, and Crawshaw, the sweet lyric poet, both already giving promise of their future powers; Pearson, the interpreter of the faith to many a succeeding generation; Cudworth, destined to a foremost place in philosophic thought; Mede, now a senior fellow at Christ's, deep in astrology and Apocalyptic studies; Jeremy Taylor, just elected to his fellowship at Caius; all these might probably have been met on the same day in the streets of Cambridge." Had Milton been a member of Harvard's college, it would have been natural to postulate an acquaintance between the two men. But he was not. As, however, Harvard and the poet were contemporaries for nearly five years, it is not unreasonable to imagine that they were at least known to each other by sight. Indeed, we may go further than that. Even while a student, Milton gave unmistakable proofs of his Puritan tendencies, and the fact that Emmanuel College was the recognised home of Puritanism may well have led him to take a greater interest in its students than those of any other college. Hence it is not unlikely that he was often a guest at Emmanuel on special occasions. When, too, any unusual function was held at Milton's own college, it was customary for students from other houses to attend, and in that way Harvard may have heard Milton deliver his famous "Vacation Exercise' in 1628. Apart, however, from all these considerations, Milton's fame as a student, and his striking personal appearance, which earned for him...show more

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  • Paperback | 54 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 3mm | 113g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236805860
  • 9781236805867