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“All Nature for his head a garland wound,
DEBT TO THE BIBLE:
REV. CHARLES BULLOCK, B.D.,
Formerly Rector of St. Nicholas', IVorcester;
I, PATERNOSTER BUILDINGS, E.C.
[The right of translation is reserved.]
HAKSPEARE'S debt to the Bible is far greater than many would imagine; and the world's debt to Shaks
peare will not be lessened, if the source whence he derived so much of his mar. vellous power and influence is brought into greater prominence.
The following pages will sufficiently show that, to a very considerable extent, the Bible moulded and guided the moral and intellectual teaching of Shakspeare. His writings are impregnated with the leaven of Revealed truth; and this Divine element in his works is unquestionably one of the principal secrets of his wide-spread and wide-spreading fame.
In an age when "scientific jargon" and superficial speculation would fain persuade us that “our minds are moulded, and, above all, our notions of duty are formed by the interaction of social forces, it is well to turn to the literary giants of the past, and learn from them that “the doctrine of religion,
* Professor Tyndall, at Glasgow.