Hills and the Sea

Hills and the Sea

by Hilaire Belloc


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There were once two men. They were men of might and breeding. They were young, they were intolerant, they were hale. Were there for humans as there is for dogs a tribunal to determine excellence; were there judges of anthropoidal points and juries to, give prizes for manly race, vigour, and the rest, undoubtedly these two men would have gained the gold and the pewter medals. They were men absolute.
They loved each other like brothers, yet they quarrelled like Socialists. They loved each other because they had in common the bond of mankind; they quarrelled because they differed upon nearly all other things. The one was of the Faith, the other most certainly was not. The one sang loudly, the other sweetly. The one was stronger, the other more cunning. The one rode horses with a long stirrup, the other with a short. The one was indifferent to danger, the other forced himself at it. The one could write verse, the other was quite incapable thereof. The one could read and quote Theocritus, the other read and quoted himself alone. The high gods had given to one judgment, to the other valour; but to both that measure of misfortune which is their Gift to those whom they cherish.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502467249
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 10/10/2014
Pages: 126
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Joseph Hilaire Pierre René Belloc (27 July 1870 – 16 July 1953) was an Anglo-French writer and historian who became a naturalised British subject in 1902. He was one of the most prolific writers in England during the early twentieth century. He was known as a writer, orator, poet, satirist, man of letters and political activist. He is most notable for his Catholic faith, which had a strong impact on most of his works and his writing collaboration with G. K. Chesterton. He was President of the Oxford Union and later MP for Salford from 1906 to 1910. He was a noted disputant, with a number of long-running feuds, but also widely regarded as a humane and sympathetic man.

Table of Contents

The North Sea
The Singer
On "Mails"
The Pyrenean Hive
The Wing of Dalua
On Ely
The Inn of the Margeride
A Family of the Fens
The Election
The New Griffin
The First Day's March
The Sea-Wall of the Wash
The Cerdagne
The Guns
The Looe Stream
The Slant off the Land
The Canigou
The Man and His Wood
The Channel
The Mowing of a Field
The Rotman Road
The Onion-Eater
Return to England
The Valley of the Rother
The Coronation
The Men of the Desert
The Departure
The Idea of a Pilgrimage
The Arena
At the Sign of the Lion
The Autumn and the Fall of Leaves
The Good Woman
The Harbour in the North

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