Excerpt from Notes on Shakespeare, and Memorials of the Urban Club: Comprising a Succinct Account of the Life and Times of the Great Dramatist; Also a History of the Urban Club, and an Account of the Boar's Head Feast and Ceremonies Formerly Observed at St. John's Gate
"But call it worship, call it what you will, is it not a right glorious thing, and set of things, this that Shakespeare has brought us? For myself, I feel that there is actually a kind of sacredness in the fact of such a man being sent into this earth. Is he not an eye to us all; a blessed heaven-sent Bringer of Light?" ... "He lasts for-ever with us; we cannot give-up our Shakspeare." Thomas Carlyle, "On Heroes," pp. 103, 105.
"Hearing you praised, I say - 'tis so, 'tis true,
And to the most of praise add something more;
But that is in my thought, whose love to you,
Though words come hindmost, holds his rank before.
Then others for the breath of words respect
Me for my dumb thoughts, speaking in effect."
Shakespeare's Sonnet LXXXV.
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