Hail, guest, and enter freely! All you see Is, for your momentary visit, yours; and we Who welcome you, are but the guests of God And know not our departure.
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Source Notes: "Hail, Guest, and Enter Freely!" The lines were a proposed inscription for Stevenson's new house, Skerryvore.
Robert Louis (Balfour) Stevenson (November 13 1850 - December 3 1894), was a Scottish novelist, poet, and travel writer, and a leading representative of Neo-romanticism in English literature. He was the man who "seemed to pick the right word up on the point of his pen, like a man playing spillikins", as G. K. Chesterton put it. He was also greatly admired by many authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Vladimir Nabokov and others. Most modernist writers dismissed him, however, because he was popular and did not write within their narrow definition of literature. It is only recently that critics have begun to look beyond Stevenson's popularity and allow him a place in the canon.
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