on Shakespeare's Sonnets and The Phoenix and the Turtle
G. Wilson Knight
Reader in English Literature in the University of Leeds Formerly Chancellors' Professor of English at Trinity College, Toronto
Our happiest earthly comradeships hold a foretaste of the feast of salvation and by thatt virtue in them provoke desire beyond them to out-reach and surmount their humanity in some superhumanity and ultimat perfection: which, howe'er 'tis found or strangely imagin'd, answereth to the need of each and pulleth him instinctivly as to a final cause.
The Testament of Beauty, IV, 1408
Phoenix and the Turtle fled
In a mutual flame from hence.
The Phoenix and the Turtle
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