Excerpt: ...poet (now dead); they will come home to every Oxford man: "City of my loves and dreams, Lady throned by limpid streams; 'Neath the shadow of thy towers, Numbered I my happiest hours. Here the youth became a man; Thought and reason here began. Ah! my friends, I thought you then Perfect types of perfect men: Glamour fades, I know not how, Ye have all your failings now," But Oxford friendships outlast the discovery that friends have "failings"; as Lord Morley, who went to Lincoln in 1856, writes: "Companionship (at ...
Excerpt: ...poet (now dead); they will come home to every Oxford man: "City of my loves and dreams, Lady throned by limpid streams; 'Neath the shadow of thy towers, Numbered I my happiest hours. Here the youth became a man; Thought and reason here began. Ah! my friends, I thought you then Perfect types of perfect men: Glamour fades, I know not how, Ye have all your failings now," But Oxford friendships outlast the discovery that friends have "failings"; as Lord Morley, who went to Lincoln in 1856, writes: "Companionship (at Oxford) was more than lectures"; a friend's failure later (he refers to his contemporary, Cotter Morison's Service of Man ) "could not impair the captivating comradeship of his prime." MAGDALEN COLLEGE (1) SITE AND BUILDINGS "Where yearly in that vernal hour The sacred city is in shades reclining, With gilded turrets in the sunrise shining: From sainted Magdalene's aerial tower Sounds far aloof that ancient chant are singing, And round the heart again those solemn memories bringing." ISAAC WILLIAMS. Macaulay was too good a Cambridge man to appreciate an Oxford college at its full worth; but he devotes one of his finest purple patches to the praise of Magdalen, ending, as is fitting, "with the spacious gardens along the river side," which, by the way, are not "gardens." Antony Wood praises Magdalen as "the most noble and rich structure in the learned world," with its water walks as "delectable as the banks of Eurotas, where Apollo himself was wont to walk." To go a century further back, the Elizabethan, Sir John Davies, wrote: "O honeyed Magdalen, sweete, past compare Of all the blissful heavens on earth that are." Such praises could be multiplied indefinitely, and they are all deserved. The good genius of Magdalen has been faithful to it throughout. The old picturesque buildings on the High Street, taken over (1457) by the Founder, William of Waynflete, from the already existing hospital of St. John, were completed by his munificence in the...
Fair. London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, 1921. Worn copy. Includes 26 tipped on illustrations after pencil sketches by W. G. Blackall, showing scenes of Radcliffe Square, Merton College and Library, Corpus Christi College, etc. Provides a history of Oxford and other descriptive information. Pictorial blue cloth, pictorial endpapers, 154 pages. Portion of the spine strip missing, other external wear, lightly bowed covers. Hinges good, binding sound. Endpapers and first and last few pages a bit foxed and soiled, illustrations in very good condition. A worn but useful copy. Second Edition. Hard Cover. Fair. 4to-over 9¾"-12" tall.
Fair in None jacket. Illustrated by W.G. Blackall with 26 tipped in B&W drawings. internally very good but covers water damaged and soiled, needs binding, rear end papers stuck to board. 154 pages Record # 175195.
Used-Acceptable. Fair hardback in decorated cloth. Owner's inscription & bookplate on half-title page; front end paper a lilttle stained; rear end paper appears replaced; binding tight; blue cloth stained & discoloured, with wear to decoration; rebacked, with new spine.
1920. Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent. First. Hard Cover. Book-Good, gilt titles on front board & spine, white decoration on front board, blue boards, boards marked. 11.5x9. 151pp. 27 tipped-in b/w plates & illus endpapers by W. G. Blackall.
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