Wlliam Gilmore Simms
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Short Stories | George Adlard | 1838
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THE first story in this collection is founded upon a pas-sage from an ancient monkish legend, which the lover of antiquarian lore will most probably remember. The treatment of the subject is, however, entirely my own; and the circumstance in the history of the two young men, upon which the catastrophe depends, is too frequent among the thoughtless of every nation to make it the peculiar property of any. The strifes between the rival moral principles of good and evil; have also been a subject of frequent celebration in the form of allegory ; though, I believe, that, in this respect, my claim to originality will also be undisputed. In the character of the venerable guest of Matilda, it will be seen that I have ventured upon a faint delineation of one of the apostles, and that I have moreover presumed to suggest a notion of their continued toils on earth in the cause of heaven. Such a theory'docs not, it appears to me, seem altogether incompatible with the history of the strifes of good and evil, as afforded by the sacred volume ; and, indeed, must somewhat help us in the hope which we entertain, according to the holy promise, of tlie4 final and complete triumph of the former. I trust, in what I have done, I will not be found to have trespassed beyond the limits of propriety. The other tales, with, perhaps, a single exception, belong to the same moral imaginative class with the first. They have been written at various periods in my brief career of author-ship. Two of them, it may be well to state, were published with other titles than. they bear in this collection. The change was made in consequence of my discovering subsequently that similar titles had been employed by other writers, which might, to the casual reader, suggest an idea of id ?ntity between them, which exists neither in the subject, nor the mode of treatment. They are only republished in this collection as they belong properly to the classification which distinguishes the work.