THE VIGOR OF THE ARTHURIAN LEGENDS
"No little thing shall be
The gentle music of the bygone years,
Long past to us with all their hopes and fears."
WILLIAM MORRIS, The Earthly Paradise.1
MR. KIPLING'S three-decker has not been the only means of transportation during the last century to the Islands of the Blest, nor Mr. Kipling the only writer who has felt that something else than modern Science is necessary to take us thither. His "ram-you-damnyou liner" is highly convenient in getting us to our destination quickly; and one on its decks is hardly less sensible of the wonders of this world than a mariner sailing into the unknown Atlantic with Columbus, or returning to the shores of Devon with Drake, after the first voyage of an Englishman round the world. Then, too, the scores of travellers comfortably stretched in their steamer-chairs, going thousands of miles merely for pleasure, or because their business interests may lie in what were once provinces of the Roman Empire, as well as in lands undreamt of while that empire still endured, --these travellers are almost as____________________