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(without typos) from the publisher. 1862. Not illustrated. Excerpt:
... The poetical works of William Shakspeare and the Earl of Surrey
William Shakespeare THH LIFE AND POETRY OF WILLIAM SHAKSPEARE. How
strange it is that on the two greatest of all poets the most
mystery hangs--Homer and Shakspeare Even as Mounts Everest and
Dhawalagiri, towering far above the Himalayan summits, attract the
thickest mantles of mist, are clad in the deepest piles of snow,
and are for ever inaccessible; Bo it is with these surpassing
poets. Homer--who and what was he? Was he an Ionian, or did he on "
The Chian strand Behold the Iliad and the Odyssey Rise to the
swelling of the voiceful sea" ? Which of the seven cities that
contended for the honour of his birthplace deserved to succeed in
the strife? Was he or was he not a blind beggar? Was he one, or was
the " Iliad " the product of many minds, all inspired by the spirit
of those " Heroic rays, Such as lit onward to the Golden Fleece,
And fired their fathers in the Colchian days" 1 Was he author of
the " Iliad" only, or also of the marvellous " Odyssey." How lived
he--where died he--and where was he buried ? Such questions, often
asked, as if at the cloudy Ida, where his spirit may be figured as
dwelling, have received no satisfactory reply, and still Stat
nominis Umbra. c Of Shakspeare we know a little, and only a little,
more. George Steevens has said, " All that is known with any degree
of certainty concerning Shakspeare is--that he was born at
Stratford-upon-Avon--married and had children there --went to
London, where he commenced actor, and wrote poems and plays --
returned to Stratford, made his will, died, and was buried." This
is certainly but a meagre skeleton of such a wonderful man, and is
calculated to excite regret and disappointment....
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