The Living Age Volume 237

The Living Age Volume 237

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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. 1903 edition. Excerpt: ...in the sunshine and gallantry. I-Ie is cold and naked; He is alone; behind Him the sky is dreary and streaked with darkening clouds. for the night cometh--the night of God. His locks are wet with driving rain; His hair is frozen with the sleet; His beauty is departed from Him--a1l men and God also, and the holy angels hide their faces. He is crowned with thorns but you with garlands. He wears nothing in His hands but piercing nails; you have rubies and diamonds in yours. Ah! will you tell me you can still be faithful though in brave array? I give that answer which Tertullian gave, "I fear His neck snared with wreaths and ropes of pearls and emeralds. I fear the sound of persecution can find no entrance there." 1Some voice of loving despair, some ineffable sorrow, seems to have come home at least to the heart of the preacher, at the sight of the world and all the glory of it. And it is in such passages as that, and in the simple and exquisite narrative power that the book displays, that we find the secret of the charm that "John Inglesant" has for us. Quietncss--beyond any other writer of our time, with the exception of Mr. Pater--it was that which delighted Mr. Shorthouse; it is with that same quietness that he would delight us. There is no noisy tragedy, nor noisier and more banal "happy ending at the altar" at the end. of "John Inglesant." It ends in a kind of resignation, an apprehension, at any rate, that life is to be lived. And it was in that refusal of melodramatic tragedy or impossible felicity that the strength of the book lay. Not overmuch sad nor very merry, but fulfilled with a kind of subtle yet very simple beauty, it is the unique achievement of the book. A sense of sun and...show more

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  • Paperback | 470 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 24mm | 830g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236841298
  • 9781236841292