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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Holy Willie’s Prayer – Robert Burns

The Ploughman Poet and Bard of Ayrshire, Robert Burns was a Scottish poet and lyricist who lived from January 25, 1759 to  July 21, 1796.  Although celebrated worldwide, Burns is widely regarded as the national poet of Scotland and is … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Discovery of Guiana – Walter Raleigh

Sir Walter Raleigh was imprisoned on July 19, 1603.  His crime?  He married a lady in waiting for Queen Elizabeth I.  With that in mind, perhaps it is not so unforgiveable that under the current circumstances of the emergent situation, … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Pilgrim’s Progress – John Bunyan

This Christian allegory written in 1678 by John Bunyan is more fully entitled The Pilgrim’s Progress From This World To That Which Is To Come.  It is often said to be the first novel written in English .  Certainly, it is … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: A Blot in the ’Scutcheon – Robert Browning

Robert Browning’s story is one of a journey from success to near obscurity to success again.  From this a lesson may be drawn.  Never give up, never surrender.  There is another lesson to which so many successful persons teach us.  … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Phedre – Jean Racine

In that Jean Racine was elected to the French Academy on July 17, 1673, this is a fitting time for a quick study of Phedre et Hippolyte known today simply as Phedre.  This is a French dramatic tragedy in five acts written … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Mecca Suras of the Qur’an

I struggled long and hard over the inclusion of this material.  In that I am a Christian, there are sentiments expressed here that I obviously find in striking contrast to what I believe to be the truth.  That being said, … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: Reflections on the Revolution in France – Edmund Burke

In November, 1790, British statesman, Edmund Burke published a political pamphlet as an intellectual attack against the excesses of the French Revolution.   This work is called Reflections On the Revolution In France.  It remains as a defining tract of modern … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Plutarch’s Lives – Pericles

As discussed previously, Plutarch’s Parallel Lives is an important work not only because of the insights provided with respect to subject of the various persons who are discussed in the biographies but also due to the information provided about the times … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics – Walking – Henry David Thoreau

Walking  or The Wild is a seminal lecture first delivered by Henry David Thoreau at  the Concord Lyceum on April 23, 1851.  It is comprised of extracts from his journals and was finally published in its final form in the Atlantic Monthly  … Continue reading

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Time Spent With the Harvard Classics: The Extent of the Universe – Simon Newcomb  

Simon Newcomb was mostly a self taught man.  Yet, he made important advances with respect to timekeeping, applied mathematics, economics and statistics.  This self made Canadian-American also dabbled in writing and astronomy.  It is this last area, astronomy, that we … Continue reading

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