PLAYS AND CONTROVERSIES
Production of The Playboy of the Western World--Visit to Italy; Miss Horniman, Lady Gregory and Synge--A Collected Edition; Sitting for Portraits--Summers at Coole; Pages from an Old Diary--Death of Synge--Life in Dublin--Society in London; With Maud Gonne in Normandy--Breach with Miss Horniman
They must to keep their certainty accuse
All that are different of a base intent;
Pull down established honour; hawk for news
Whatever their loose phantasy invent
And murmur it with bated breath, as though
The abounding gutter had been Helicon
Or a calumny a song. How can they know
Truth flourishes where the student's lamp has shone,
And there alone, that have no solitude?
So the crowd come they care not what may come.
They have loud music, hope every day renewed
And heartier loves; that lamp is from the tomb.
A YOUNG man arrives at a little public-house and tells the publican's daughter that he has murdered his father. He so tells the story that he wins all her sympathy, and every time he retells it, with fresh exaggerations and additions, he wins the sympathy of somebody or other, for it is the countryman's habit to be