Shakespeare and Stratford

Shakespeare and Stratford

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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. 1913 edition. Excerpt: ... with a cheerful spirit, so that his presence hath been as wine among friends, and as oil among make-bates. And though I dare not say that he inclined of preference to the conversation of the godly, nor could be counted of the fellowship of saints, nor even a favourer of them, yet have I ever found him apt at serious converse, courteous in bearing, weighty in reply, and of unshakable serenity when I have adventured to press the truth on him somewhat instantly; inasmuch, that I, whose vocation 'tis to battle for the truth, have myself, ere now, been sore put to it to hold mine own, and found me in straits to oppose him, so nimble was his wit; though I doubt not that (the clear sight being with me) I should, with time for recollection, have had vouchsafed to me the wherewithal to give him sufiicient answer. And it hath, at these times, seemed to me that he was a goodly vessel full of merchandise, yet driven by the wind apart from the port where alone her cargo could be bartered for that which is bread; and I have travailed over him with a sore travail; for I have hardly doubted that, with such gifts, he might, had it been so ordered, have justly aspired to be chief magistrate of your town, or even to serve you in parliament; or again, with diligent study and prayer, to become a preacher of weight, and have struck in the pulpit a good stroke for God's honour and the Devil's discomfiture. But, alas l it is known to all of you, and I dare not dissemble it, that his calling hath been one that delighteth the carnalminded, and profiteth the idle, and maketh the godly sad of heart; while, as for his talent, it hath been put out to use Where the only return is the praise which fleeteth as the bubble on the stream, and the repute...show more

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  • Paperback | 38 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 2mm | 86g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236892720
  • 9781236892720