The Old Court Suburb; Or, Memorials of Kensington, Regal, Critical, and Anecdotical Volume 1

The Old Court Suburb; Or, Memorials of Kensington, Regal, Critical, and Anecdotical Volume 1

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1855 edition. Excerpt: ...what is said of him during his residence in this square, by the Kensington historian; to wit, that " his character was marked by urbanity of manners, and by strict punctuality in his payments." CHAPTER VIII. KENSINGTON CHURCH BURIAL, GROUNDS BY HIGHWAYS--THE CALCOTTS PHILIP MEAUTIS--SIR MANHOOD PENRUDDOCK ADDISON'S " EARL OF WARWICK" THE COLMANS--JORTIN THOMAS WRIGHT. Returning out of Kensington Square by the way we entered it, we come, in the most open part of the High Street, to the parish church and church-yard; the former, a small and homely building for so distinguished a suburb; the latter suggesting a doubt, whether a burialground ought to abut so closely on a public way. In some moods of the mind, the juxtaposition is very painful. It looks as if death itself were no escape from the turmoils of life. We feel as if the noise of carts and cries were never to be out of one's hearing; as if the tears, however hidden, of those who stood mournfully looking at our graves, were to be mocked by the passing crowd of indifferent spectators; as if the dead might be sensible of the very market going on, with all its night-lights and bustle (as it does here on Saturdays), and of the noise of drunken husbands and wives, persisting in bringing a sense of misery into one's last home. On the other hand, the sociable man may sometimes be disposed to regard SITE OF CHURCH-YARDS. 155 with complacency this kind of posthumous intercourse with the living. He may feel as if the dead were hardly the departed--as if they were still abiding among their friends and fellow-creatures, not displeased even to hear the noise and the bustle; Or, at least, as if in ceasing to hear our voices they were still, so to speak, reposing in our arms. Morning, ...
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  • English
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  • 9781236529015