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SCRIPTURE

WITH THE VERSION HE USED

BY

THOMAS CARTER

DR. THEOL.

Author of "Shakespeare, Puritan and Recusant"

LONDON

HODDER AND STOUGHTON

27 PATERNOSTER ROW

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TO MY FRIEND

WILLIAM MORTON OF ARDMILLAN

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I HAVE endeavoured to find out how far the English Bible influenced the thought and formed the vocabulary of the greatest of English writers. It is obvious that the citing of passages which may be termed parallel has its limitations, and that interesting parallels might be discovered in any great literature. Words which are to be found in Shakespeare and the Holy Scripture may also have been the common property of the countryside. But a careful study of the poet reveals a wide knowledge and use of Scripture, and one is therefore justified in assuming that more remote parallels may have arisen from the same source.

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