- Dickinson, William Croft
Andrew Lang, John Knox, and Scottish Presbyterianism
Thomas Nelson and Sons Ltd., Edinburgh, 1952, Wraps, , , Very Good
32 pp. A sticker shadow, some discoloration near edge of wraps, a few light pencil marks in text, else fine. Being the Andrew Lang Lecture delivered before the University of St. Andrews, 14 November 1951. ''Carlyle described [Knox] as'the one Scotchman to whom, of all others, his country and the world owe a debt'l while, even within the last few years, an American historian has recorded his opinion that John Knox was 'possibly the most important man in Scottish history', certainly a man to be 'reckoned great by any estimate based upon influence'. Such was--as it still is--the tradition which Andrew Lang encountered when he came to write the second volume of his History of Scotland; and his endeavor to 'get behind' that tradition (to use his own words) led one ardent advocate of Knox to review Lang's volume under the title 'Knox in the Hands of the Philistines'.''
These are the days when birds come back, A very few, a bird or two, To take a backward look. These are the days when skies put on The old, old sophistries of June, - A blue and gold mistake. Oh, fraud that cannot cheat the bee, Almost thy plausibility Induces my belief, Till ranks of seeds their witness bear, And softly through the altered air Hurries a timid leaf! Oh, sacrament of summer days, Oh, last communion in the haze, Permit a child to join, Thy sacred emblems to partake, Thy consecrated bread to break, Taste thine immortal wine!Emily Dickinson [1830-1886]