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From Gretna Green to Lands End a Literary Journey in England

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The building throughout abounds in carved panels, groined roofs, state chairs of elaborate design, heraldic insignia, portraits, grotesques, and displays a marvellous tapestry, peopled with a softly fading company of saints and bishops, kings and queens.
Among the Coventry artists, that glad- some throng of architects, painters, weavers, goldsmiths, and silversmiths who wrought so well for the adornment of their city, John Thornton is best remembered. It was he who made — so they say at Coventr
...y — the east window of York minster, and here in St. Mary's Hall he placed superb stained glass of harmoniously blended browns. We could fancy a Stratford boy with hazel eyes intent upon it, conning the faces of those English kings to whom he was to give new life and longer reigns. Henry VI holds the centre, thus revealing the date of the window, and near him are Henry IV and Henry V, Lan- castrian usurpers to whose side the partial 149 THE HEART OF ENGLAND dramatist has lured us all. It was to join tlieir forces at Shrewsbury that he sent Fal- staff marching through Coventry with his ragged regiment, whose every soldier looked like "Lazarus in the painted cloth.

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