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THE

SHAKESPEAREAN INTERPRETER

WITH MEMORIAL WORDS RESPECTING

HENRY NORMAN, HUDSOV

AN ADDRESS

DELIVERED BEFORE THE ALUMNI OF MIDDLEBURY

COLLEGE BY J. E. RANKIN, D. D.

MIDDLEBURY, VERMONT

1886.

EXCHANGE

Begister Company, Printers,

MIDDLEBURY, VT.

ADDRESS:

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"VERY creator needs an interpreter. Indeed,

the difference between a creation and a commodity ; between a thing that is born and a thing that is manufactured, lies right here : the first can be interpreted, its clew can be found, its fundamental principle can be reached ; you can cut through into its germ, and show it in embryo, the last can be pulled to pieces, till you name and count all its dead parts, and leave them dead as they were. In schools, the pupil is taught structural botany; how to analyze flowers; that is, how to find the stamens and pistil, the corolla and calyx ; a purely mechanical separation of these fragile structures into their constituent members, as though they were put together by hand on a stem of wire ; were made of paper or wax. God's flowers, the buttercups and daisies that toss in the fields, are creations; the flowers that toss with toss of pride or grace upon the hats of ladies, are commodities.

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