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Hospital Sketches by Robert Swain Peabody

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HOSPITAL SKETCHES

1916

HOSPITAL SKETCHES

BY

ROBERT SWAIN PEABODY

BOSTON & NEW YORK HOUGHTON MIFFLIN COMPANY The Riverside Press Cambridge 1916

COPYRIGHT, 1916, BY ROBERT SWAIN PEABODY ALL RIGHTS RESERVED Published December 1916

" Had I the heavens' embroidered cloths, Enwrought with golden and silver light, The blue and the dim and the dark cloths Of night and light and the half light; I would spread the cloths under your feet: But I, being poor, have only my dreams; I have spread my dreams under your feet; Tread softly because you tread on my dreams. " W. B. YEATS.

NOTE

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS are made to Messrs. Charles Scribner's Sons for permission to use a passage from Edith Wharton's Fighting France and to The Macmillan Company for the use of the poem "Aedh wishes for the Cloths of Heaven," by W. B. Yeats.

CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION ix

VIEW FROM THE HOSPITAL TERRACE 1

UPTHORPE CUM REGIS I. The Minster and the Meadows 3 II. The Church Yard 7 III. The Village 11 IV. The Hall 15 V. Trong's Almshouses 19

RANCONEZZO VI. The Town and the Lake 23 VII. Piazza Garibaldi 27 VIII. Piazza Cavour 31 IX. North Door of the Duomo 35 X. Interior of the Duomo 39 XI. The Villa of the Cardinal Schalchi Visconti 43 XII. Santa Prassede, the Cardinal's Church 47 XIII. The Cloisters of Sta Prassede 51 XIV. The Tomb of the Cardinal in Sta Prassede 55

ROCHER ST. POL XV. The Town and the River Merle 59 XVI. La Grande Rue and La Place de la République 63 XVII. L'escalier de Jacob 67 XVIII. Le Parvis de Ste Frédigonde 71 XIX. Interior of the Church of Ste Frédigonde 75 XX. Sacristy Steps in the Church of Ste Frédigonde 79 XXI. The Château Beaumesnil 83 XXII. La Tour de la Dame Blanche 87

AEGINASSOS XXIII. The Temple and the Forum 91 XXIV. The Temple and the Forum 95

INTRODUCTION

JOHNS HOPKINS HOSPITAL, BALTIMORE, MARYLAND, December, 1915.

ONE of my good friends, a stanch upholder of what to him is "The Catholic Church," looks back to the thirteenth century as marking the highest tide of Christian civilization. He longs for a restoration (but under other rule) of that monastic life which then gave shelter to Art, Science, Learning, and Religion. It does not appear that this longing is coupled with any regret for the exceptionally happy domestic life with which he personally has been blessed. Probably his hopes are that even if he establishes, others will maintain, that monastic life and discipline which, duly purified from Ultramontane tendencies, he thinks would be so uplifting and beneficial to our times.

However that may be, if he is ever immured for many weeks in a great hospital, he will be surprised to find how many are the similarities between its life, its discipline and its atmosphere, and those of the great monasteries. I mean those mediæval houses which spread from the parent at Monte Cassino to Citeaux and Cluny and Vezelay and thence to far away parts of Europe, and which were even more abundant in England where the ruins of the Yorkshire Abbeys still attest to their former power... Continue reading book >>




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