England’s Past

  • A. L. Rowse


It may be out of fashion now to recognise the fact, but William Shakespeare was a patriot. This was in keeping with his love of the country in and for itself, of the soil — wold and forest and stream — its sights and sounds, its customs and its lore. Patriotism, properly speaking, is an extension of just that : built upon that ground, rich in inspiration, the life of the spirit, drawing upon the sediment accumulated by the generations that have gone before. Not to be able to recognise what we owe to the vanished generations is an impoverishment of the soul ; to be unwilling to recognise it betokens meanness of spirit. Neither was characteristic of William Shakespeare — and he received his reward in inexhaustible inspiration, subjects, themes, characters, stories, legends, memories and associations, every kind of lore.


Protestant Tradition Henry Versus Unconscious Transference National Resistance Political Intelligence 
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© A. L. Rowse 1963

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