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This etext was produced from the 1890 Macmillan and Co.  "Plays and
Puritans and Other Historical Essays" edition by David Price, email
ccx074@coventry.ac.uk 

SIR WALTER RALEIGH AND HIS TIME {1} 

by Charles Kingsley 

'Truth is stranger than fiction.' A trite remark.  We all say it
again and again: but how few of us believe it! How few of us, when
we read the history of heroical times and heroical men, take the
story simply as it stands! On the contrary, we try to explain it
away; to prove it all not to have been so very wonderful; to impute
accident, circumstance, mean and commonplace motives; to lower every
story down to the level of our own littleness, or what we (unjustly
to ourselves and to the God who is near us all) choose to consider
our level; to rationalise away all the wonders, till we make them at
last impossible, and give up caring to believe them; and prove to our

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