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A. C. Benson

English essayist, poet, author and Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge

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Watersprings (1902)Edit

  • "I must consider," said Monica with a smile, "but one can't do these things offhand--that is worse than doing nothing. I'll tell you what to do NOW. Why not go and stay with Aunt Anne? She would like to see you, I know, and I have always thought it rather lazy of you not to go there--she is rather a remarkable woman, and it's a pretty country. Have you ever been there?"
    • Chapter II, Restlessness.

The Isles of Sunset (1904)Edit

  • Let those whose Hearts and Hands are strong
    Tell eager Tales of mighty Deeds;
    Enough if my sequestered song
    To hush'd and twilight Gardens leads!

    Clear Waters, drawn from secret Wells
    Perchance may fevered Lips assuage;
    The Tales an elder Pilgrim tells
    To such as go on Pilgrimage.

    Such the soft Path my Words would trace,
    Thus with the moving Waters move;
    So leave, across the Ocean's Face,
    A glimmering Stair to Hope and Love.
    • Prologue.

Land of Hope and GloryEdit

Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?
Wider still, and wider, shall thy bounds be set;
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet!

Escape, and Other Essays (1915)Edit

  • All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality — the story of an escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times — how to escape.

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