modern europe

Book cover
Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: WESTMINSTER ABBEY. The interior may seem disappointing at first. The architecture is not especially striking, and both walls and floor have a dark and worn look. The memorials of the dead seem too numerous ; and one is confused by the glowing tributes to men, great in their day but long since forgotten. But wait awhile. As one wanders up and down, reading the epitaphs and gazing at the busts or figures of the heroes of the past, the wonder and glory of the Abbey begins to fill the mind with light, and the whole place seems transfigured. Poets' Corner comes to occupy in one's mind more than the corner allotted to it in the Abbey. It easily rivals the memorials of the Plantagenets, the Tudors, and the Stuarts. Here are busts of Shakespeare, Milton, and our own Longfellow. Dickens and Thackeray are both buried here. Not far away is a small stone bearing the words : " O rare Ben Jonson." This celebrated play writer asked his sovereign for a spot eighteen inches square in Westminster Abbey. The request was granted, and he was buried upright that he might not occupy more than the stipulated measure of ground. " O rare Ben Jonson," the remark of a passer-by, was chosen as the epitaph for his tomb. Monuments that are especially interesting to Americans are those of the Earl of Chatham and Major Andre". After the Revolution, the Americans returned the body of the unfortunate young soldier to the British. They laid it in the Abbey, and erected a fine monument to mark the spot. Britannia is represented mourning over his early death, while the British lionstands beside her. A bas-relief below portrays one of the closing scenes in Andre's life. Two stained glass windows have been recently placed in the Abbey by a rich American. One is to honor George Herbert, and the other ... --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
add to favoritesadd

Users who have this book

Users who want this book

What readers are saying

What do you think? Write your own comment on this book!

write a comment

What do you think? Write your own comment on this book

Info about the book







3.5/5 (4)

Your rating:




Do you want to exchange books? It’s EASY!

Get registered and find other users who want to give their favourite books to good hands!