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William Morris and his circle;: A lecture delivered in the examination schools, Oxford, at the summer meeting of the University Extension Delegacy, on August 6, 1907

Mackail, J. W

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ISBN 10: 0841459991 / ISBN 13: 9780841459991
Published by Folcroft Library Editions, 1973
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Title: William Morris and his circle;: A lecture ...

Publisher: Folcroft Library Editions

Publication Date: 1973

Book Condition:Good

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Excerpt from William Morris and His Circle: A Lecture Delivered in the Examination Schools, Oxford, at the Summer Meeting of the University Extension Delegacy, on August 6, 1907

Let us try to cast back our eyes over a space of between fifty and sixty years, and to form some picture in our minds of the City and the University of Oxford as they were then.

Towards the end of the seventeenth century Oxford had fallen asleep. That sleep lasted for more than one hundred years. A great peace and stagnation was hardly stirred, and never effectually broken, by movements originating within or communicated from without. The epoch of founding colleges had ceased; but for the one belated and solitary foundation of Worcester in the first year of the Hanoverian dynasty, the roll of the colleges remained closed for a century and a half; and the University itself had remained closed likewise against progress, extension, or revolution. The Methodist movement originated and received its name in Oxford early in the century of quiescence; but it soon passed out and away into a wider, obscurer world. An epoch of building enriched Oxford with some noble examples of Georgian architecture and then died down. Oxford produced in each generation a few eminent scholars or men of letters; it kept up a certain tradition of learning, and a solid mass of Conservatism, both in the good and in the bad sense of the word. But it ceased to be a vital or a motive force in the national life. It fostered Johnson, who all his life retained a great loyalty and affection towards it. It received Gibbon, who all his life never lost an opportunity of expressing his opinion of it with that august sarcasm of which he was an accomplished master. It expelled Shelley. It closed its doors rigidly against Nonconformity, and admitted new studies grudgingly and reluctantly.

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