Pages from a Private Diary

Paperback | January 18, 2012

byHenry Charles Beeching

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899. Excerpt: ... adopt this remarkable means of purging his melancholy; and I felt a little ashamed of having penetrated his secret. The post-bag, when at last it arrived, was full of letters for the servants' hall; Christmas cards, I presume. I hope this means that the custom of sending these picturesque souvenirs is sinking in the scale, prior to disappearing altogether, as valentines did. It may mean only that no cards come to us because we never send any to others. All such social habits soon become a tyranny, from which it is wise to keep as free as possible. 26th.--The "Feast of Stephen" has long been materialised into Boxing-day; and even the wellmeant efforts of Dr. Neale and "Good King Wenceslas" have not restored it to the protomartyr. A measure of the poverty of taste in matters poetical is afforded by the popularity of that very tame carol. For weeks before Christmas we suffer it, and reward our persecutors with nuts and apples. I made an attempt one year to substitute the old Stephen carol printed by the Percy Society from a MS. of Henry VI.'s reign; but the old vicar objected. And perhaps from his point of view he was right; for the legend is entirely independent of the story in Acts. It opens unblushingly: "Saint Stephen was a clerk In King Herodes hall, And served him of bread and cloth As ever king befall. Stephen out of kitchen came With boares head on hand; He saw a star was fair and bright Over Bethlehem stand. He cast adown the boares head And went into the hall: 'I forsake thee, King Herod, And thy workes all. I forsake thee, King Herod, And thy workes all; There is a child in Bethlehem born Is better than we all.'" King Herod naturally remonstrates, and asks Stephen if he has gone mad, or is striking for higher wages. Stephen replies shortly, and ke...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899. Excerpt: ... adopt this remarkable means of purging his melancholy; and I felt a little ashamed of having penetrated his secret. The post-b...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.17 inPublished:January 18, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0217882668

ISBN - 13:9780217882668

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