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Why take the artistic way to prove so much?
Of speaking truth, to mouths like mine at least.
Thy right is wrong, eyes hast thou yet art blind,
And, oh, the foolishness thou countest faith!”
Nor recognizable by whom it left:
While falsehood would have done the work of truth.
HIS little book is the fruit of sermons given from a city pulpit on the ethics of Shakespeare. The preacher has never seriously attempted a homiletic treatment of the great English master, whose works are replete with profitable lessons dealing with the simple moralities. Shakespeare makes his appeal to all men, the preacher not excepted. For the most part the response has been given by the theatre and the literary critic. Broader than any sect and independent of any school of theological thought, Shakespeare is peculiarly inviting to the student of ethics. Every tragedy, comedy amd drama is founded upon certain well defined principles of conduct. The universality of his searching thought, the striking application of truth to life, the dramatic situations which illustrate artistically his ethical ideals, afford an unusual field for the moralist. Shakespeare is a prophet-poet whose chief business is not to entertain, but instruct in the deepest things of life. These studies are given to the world with the hope that the lessons taught may create a new interest in the study of his works, and be profitable as a guide in the way of life.
Macbeth-A Tragedy of Ambition...
Othello-The Drama of the Domestic Life.... 21 Hamlet-A Study in Revenge, Duty and Doubt 33 King Lear-Filial Ingratitude.
The Aspic in the Basket of Figs, or Antony
and Cleopatra. .
55 The Merchant of Venice and the Golden Rule. 67 King Richard III-the Satan of Shakespeare. 85