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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

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The Souls of Black Folk

W. E. B. DuBois

Darby O'Gill and the Little People

Hermenie Templeton Kavanagh

The Characters of Theophrastus


Legends of the Saxon saints

by Aubrey De Vere


BY THE SAME AUTHOR. Alexander the Great: a Dramatic Poem. Small

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The Infant Bridal, and other Poems. A New

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The Legends of St. Patrick, and other Poems,

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St. Thomas of Canterbury : a Dramatic Poem. Large fcp. 8vo. cloth, price 5s.

Antar and Zara: an Eastern Romance. InisFail, and other Poems, Meditative and Lyrical. Fcp. 8vo. price 6s.

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Mary Tudor : an Historical Drama.
Julian the Apostate and the Duke of Mercia.
A Song of Faith, Devout Exercises and Sonnets.
B. M. Pickering.



Aubrey De Verb

' Hic sunt in fossa Bedae Venerabilis ossa

(Old Inscription





'Mid quiet vale or city lulled by night
Well-pleased the wanderer, wakeful on his bed,
Hears from far Alps on fitful breeze the sound
Of torrents murmuring down their rocky glens,
Strange voice from distant regions, alien climes :—
Should these far echoes from thy legend-roll
Delight of loftier years, these echoes faint,
Thus waken, thus make calm, one restless heart
In our distempered day, to thee the praise,
Voice of past times, O Venerable Bede!


Many YEARS AGO a friend remarked to me on the strangeness of the circumstance that the greatest event in the history of a nation, its conversion to Christianity, largely as it is often recorded in national legends, has never been selected as a theme for poetry. That event may indeed not supply the materials necessary for an Epic or a Drama, yet it can hardly fail to abound in details significant and pathetic, which especially invite poetic illustration. With the primary interest of that great crisis, many others, philosophical, social, and political, generally connect themselves. Antecedent to a nation's conversion, the events of centuries have commonly either conduced to it, or thrown obstacles in its way ; while the history as well as the character of that nation in the subsequent ages is certain to have been in a principal measure modified by that event. Looking back consequently on that period in which the moral influences of ages, early and late, are imaged, a people recognises its own features as in a mirror, but sees them such as they were when their expression was still undetermined ; and it may well be struck by the resemblance at once to what now exists, and also by the dissimilitude. Many countries have unhappily lost almost all authentic records connected with their conversion. Such would have been the fate of England also, had it not been for a single book, ' Bede's Ecclesiastical History.' In the following poems I have endeavoured to walk in the footsteps of that great master. Their scope will best be indicated by some remarks upon the character of that wonderful age which he records.

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