The Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of Aberdeen in the Years 1912 and 1913

The Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of Aberdeen in the Years 1912 and 1913

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The Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of Aberdeen in the Years 1912 and 1913

The Life of Percy Bysshe Shelley: The Gifford Lectures Delivered in the University of Aberdeen in the Years 1912 and 1913

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Distractions and anxieties arising out of the war have interfered with the preparation of these Lectures for the press, but it is possible that, at certain points, the thought may have gained in maturity by the enforced delay.

Readers of this volume who listened to the Gifford Lec- tures in 1912 and 1913 will recognize that, in the main, the material and the treatment are the same. But I have not hesitated, on occasion, to transfer a lecture or part of a lec- ture from its original place in the series, when the sequence of thought seemed to gain thereby in clearness and logical coherence. One or two passages also, which appeared to have little or no bearing on the argument as it ultimately took shape, have been removed. A lecture, introductory to the Second Series, criticizing two recent essays on Religion, has been omitted. It served at the time as a convenient illustration of the thesis of the previous year's course, and it was printed shortly thereafter as an article in the Hibbert Journal for October 1913. But the discussion has not sufficient permanent importance to justify its retention here, and its inclusion would interrupt the course of what is intended to be a continuous argument. On the other hand, I have tried to develop the subject more fully at points where the original treatment had been somewhat hurried. This applies more particularly to the lecture on 'Time and . . .

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