English Writers (volume 2, Pt. 1)

Paperback | January 4, 2012

byHenry Morley

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1867. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. John Gower was not only a court poet, he was also an Englishman of genius resolved to make the best use of his The spirit or ° ..... . KnKliah Lite powers. That spirit which put into the first note of English song the heart of English literature,--" For us it is very right that we praise with our words, love in our minds, the Keeper of the Heavens, Glory King of Hosts. He is the source of power,"1--that recognition of God, shown actively in the desire to make the crooked straight and the rough places plain,--has been the strength of England and of the great Writers by whom the mind of England is expressed. Ours is not technically a religious literature. It is not crying constantly Lord, Lord; but it does represent constant endeavour to get at the right, and do it. No human despot ever stayed its war against injustice. The descendants of those forefathers who were represented by a Caadmon, a Bede, and an Alfred, have never for one generation ceased to labour for the useful and the true; to cry out boldly and earnestly against all real or apparent wrong; and practically to uphold the doing of his duty by each man according to his place in life as the chief earthly good. We have seen this throughout the literature before Chaucer. In Chaucer's time we find it everywhere. It is in the vigorous detail of social evils in the 'Vision of Piers Plowman;' that is to say, the Vision of Christ; with its last thought directed heavenward and its last hope for the world built upon a search for Christ. It is in the labours of Wiclif and his followers, especially in their translation of the Bible into the familiar English speech. It is in Mandeville's Travels--designed as a guide of pilgrims to the Holy Land. It is in the Hermit of Hampole's ' Pricke of Conscience,'...

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Book may have numerous typos, missing text, images, or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1867. Not illustrated. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER III. John Gower was not only a court poet, he was also an Englishman of genius resolved to make the best use of his The spirit or...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:190 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.4 inPublished:January 4, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217716164

ISBN - 13:9780217716161

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