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Andrew Lang

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This etext was prepared by David Price, email ccx074@coventry.ac.uk
from the 1922 Seeley, Service & Co.  Ltd.  edition. 

OXFORD 

by Andrew Lang 

PREFACE 

These papers do not profess even to sketch the outlines of a history
of Oxford.  They are merely records of the impressions made by this
or that aspect of the life of the University as it has been in
different ages.  Oxford is not an easy place to design in black and
white, with the pen or the etcher's needle.  On a wild winter or late
autumn day (such as Father Faber has made permanent in a beautiful
poem) the sunshine fleets along the plain, revealing towers, and
floods, and trees, in a gleam of watery light, and leaving them once
more in shadow.  The melancholy mist creeps over the city, the damp

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