Old Shrines and Ivy

Old Shrines and Ivy

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Old Shrines and Ivy

Old Shrines and Ivy

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The shrines upon which these offerings of homage are laid are shrines of history and shrines of literature. It has been the author's design, alike in description and commentary, and whether depicting scenes of travel or celebrating achievements of genius, to carry through his books the thread of Shakespearean interest. The study of Shakespeare is the study of life. There can be no broader or higher subject. In these sketches and essays, accordingly, the reader is desired not only to ramble in various parts of England, Scotland, and France, but especially to linger for a while in lovely Warwickshire, and to meditate upon some of the works of that divine poet with whose story and whose spirit that region is hal . . .

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