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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Charm of Oxford, by J. Wells This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.net Title: The Charm of Oxford Author: J. Wells Release Date: August 22, 2004 [EBook #13245] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK THE CHARM OF OXFORD *** This eBook was produced by Philip H Hitchcock About the online edition. Italics are represented as /italics/. THE CHARM OF OXFORD by J. WELLS, M.A. Warden of Wadham College, Oxford Illustrated by W. G. BLACKALL Second Edition (Revised) SIMPKIN, MARSHALL, HAMILTON KENT & CO., LTD., 4 STATIONERS' HALL COURT : : LONDON, E.C.4 Copyright First published 1920 Second edition 1921 "'Home of lost causes'--this is Oxford's blame; 'Mother of movements'--this, too, boasteth she; In the same walls, the same yet not the same, She welcomes those who lead the age-to-be." "Much have ye suffered from time's gnawing tooth, Yet, O ye spires of Oxford domes and towers, Gardens and groves, your presence overpowers The soberness of reason." WORDSWORTH. [Plate 1. Christ Church : The Cathedral from the Garden] THE CHARM OF OXFORD PREFACE There are many books on Oxford; the justification for this new one is Mr. Blackall's drawings. They will serve by their grace and charm pleasantly to recall to those who know Oxford the scenes they love; they will incite those who do not know Oxford to remedy that defect in their lives. My own letterpress is only written to accompany the drawings. It is intended to remind Oxford men of the things they know or ought to know; it is intended still more to help those who have not visited Oxford to understand the drawings and to appreciate some of the historical associations of the scenes represented. I have written quite freely, as this seemed the best way to create the "impression" wished. I have to acknowledge some obligations to Messrs. Seccombe & Scott's /Praise of Oxford/, a book the pages of which an Oxford man can always turn over with pleasure, and to Mr. J. B. Firth's /Minstrelsy of Isis/; it is not his fau
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