A. C. Benson

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Arthus Christopher Benson circa 1899

Arthur Christopher Benson (24 April 186217 June 1925) was a British essayist, poet and author.


Watersprings (1902)[edit]

  • "I must consider," said Monica with a smile, "but one can't do these things offhand--that is worse than doing nothing. I'll tell you what to do NOW. Why not go and stay with Aunt Anne? She would like to see you, I know, and I have always thought it rather lazy of you not to go there--she is rather a remarkable woman, and it's a pretty country. Have you ever been there?"
    • Chapter II, Restlessness.

The Isles of Sunset (1904)[edit]

  • Let those whose Hearts and Hands are strong
    Tell eager Tales of mighty Deeds;
    Enough if my sequestered song
    To hush'd and twilight Gardens leads!

    Clear Waters, drawn from secret Wells
    Perchance may fevered Lips assuage;
    The Tales an elder Pilgrim tells
    To such as go on Pilgrimage.

    Such the soft Path my Words would trace,
    Thus with the moving Waters move;
    So leave, across the Ocean's Face,
    A glimmering Stair to Hope and Love.
    • Prologue.

Land of Hope and Glory[edit]

Land of Hope and Glory, Mother of the Free,
How shall we extol thee, who are born of thee?
Wider still, and wider, shall thy bounds be set;
God, who made thee mighty, make thee mightier yet!

Escape, and Other Essays (1915)[edit]

  • All the best stories in the world are but one story in reality — the story of an escape. It is the only thing which interests us all and at all times — how to escape.

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