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[Illustration: Queen Elizabeth going to Whitehall through London Streets]

Shakespeare's Christmas Gift To Queen Bess

In the year 1596

By Anna Benneson McMahan

[Illustration: THE MERMAID TAVERN]

Chicago A.C. McClurg & Co.

MCMVII

Published October 12, 1907

The Lakeside Press R.R. DONNELLEY & SONS COMPANY CHICAGO

822.33 HN8 1907 McMahan, Anna (Benneson) Shakespeare's Christmas gift

To my sister Lina in memory of the Christmases of our childhood.

"All, though feigned, is true."

CONTENTS

Page I At the Mermaid 11

II At the Queen's Palace 33

III A Christmas Carol of the Olden Time 65

ILLUSTRATIONS

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Queen Elizabeth going to Whitehall through London Streets Frontispiece

At the Mermaid 13

The River Avon at Stratford 14

Birthplace of Mary Arden, Mother of Shakespeare 16

Warwickshire House of the Tudor Period 18

Old Graves in Trinity Churchyard, Stratford 20

Old Warwickshire Cottages 24

A Group of Morris Dancers 26

Garden View of Shakespeare's Birthplace, Stratford 30

Queen Elizabeth going to Whitehall by the Thames 35

Portrait of the Earl of Essex 36

Portrait of the Earl of Southampton 40

Queen Elizabeth listening to the Play 44

"Observance to a morn of May" 46

Woods near Stratford 50

Earl of Leicester receiving Queen Elizabeth at Kenilworth 54

Portrait of Queen Elizabeth in her Later Years 58

A Dance of the Sixteenth Century 62

I.

At the Mermaid.

Thus Raleigh, thus immortal Sidney shone (Illustrious names!) in great Eliza's days.

Thos. Edwardes.

[Illustration: At the Mermaid]

SHAKESPEARE'S CHRISTMAS GIFT TO QUEEN BESS

I.

At the Mermaid.

The numberless diamond shaped window panes of the Mermaid Tavern are twinkling like so many stars in the chill December air of London. It is the last meeting of the Mermaid Club for the year 1596, and not a member is absent. As they drop in by twos and threes and gather in groups about the room, it is plain that expectation is on tip toe. They call each other by their Christian names and pledge healths. Some are young, handsome, fastidious in person and dress; others are bohemian in costume, speech, and action; all wear knee breeches, and nearly all have pointed beards... Continue reading book >>




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