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AUTHOR OF "THE VOYAGE OF THE LADY," ETC. ETC.
“This is the very coinage of the brain."
“Hier hilft nun weiter kein Bemühn,
LONDON: HENRY S. KING & Co.
65 CORNHILL AND 12 PATERNOSTER ROW
270. f. 373
SHAKSPEARE IN BLACKFRIARS;
THE FIRST PERFORMANCE OF HAMLET.
A TUDOR VISION.
“What were the wise man's plan?
Through this sharp, toil-set life,
“And for my part, if only one allow
The care my labouring spirits take in this,
N one of the closing years of the great sixteenth
century-towards the end of the spacious times · of great Elizabeth, and of the life of the last Tudor
monarch-a father and a son were speaking eagerly together in the great bay window of the old Hall of Greyscote, in Kent. The subject of their talk was a theme often discussed, but never yet settled, between them—the question, namely, of the future career and prospects of the young man. The son wished to push his fortune, and the fortunes of his house, by sailing with Raleigh, or by fighting under Vere; the father desired to keep his only child with him and at home. The father was sitting in the deep embrasure