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Text for Page 121 [06-15-1851]

              thankful for, not only for these opportunities for communion with nature�s
beauty, but for the power with which it speaks to my heart, for the
peace which posseth all understanding which these tranquil scenes convey to
me.   Mind own little individuality is fused into a deeper and wider sea,
my own weaknesses and littlenesses do not harass and be-little me.
[words crossed out]!   			   How might not my
lot have been cast? �  In old cruel time, when men were slain
& tortured by fellow men; � when serf-dom and helotage were wide
and rife; � (alas that they should be existant now, at all!)   Or again
to have lived ere the divine poet-spirit of Shakspere, and those akin
to him in their degree had subtilized, created and won forth the inner
essence of enjoyment from all things.   [words crossed out]
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  /   And if, after all, I do think that, as I close this book, and lay
head on pillow, that I might have a dear face to turn to � Well
that�s enough, for to night.
  16. Monday.  To the Castle, and there, undisturbed all the live-long
day; making great progress with the head-gear.  Unclouded sunshine and
quiet without; and when the tree-shadows told that the sun sate high in
his meridian tower I unpacked little basket, and had dinner.  Return
at sun-set.  Reading a little and drawing much, on wood, in the evening.
Hazlitt on Shakspere .   I do not think he does Shakspere justice in
his essay on Coriolanus.   He assumes that the poet justifies him in his contempt
for the �trades of Rome,� and is altogether on the side of Aristocracy.  I find
it not so.   Both sides, Aristocracy & Democracy are very fairly stated,
and if the people are not spurred, it is that Shakspere  would give us the
sure result of demagoguism.   Neither is Coriolanus spared; � his wilfulness
& obstinacy are perceptible enough, spite of the strong sympathy we have               
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