I must have leave, in the fulness of my soul, to regret the abolition, and doing away-with altogether, of those consolatory interstices and sprinklings of freedom, through the four seasons,--the red-letter days, now become, to all intents and purposes, dead-letter days. . . . These were bright visitations in a scholar's and clerk's life--"far off their coming shone."
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Source Notes: "Oxford in the Vacation," Essays of Elia (1823). Lamb comments on the unusual peace of a university town when the students are on vacation.
Charles Lamb (10 February 1775 - 27 July 1834) was an English essayist, best known for his Essays of Elia and for the children's book Tales from Shakespeare, which he produced along with his sister, Mary Lamb (17641847).
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