Friday, June 04, 2004



Alfred Noyes, Horace: A Portrait (New York: Sheed & Ward, 1947), p. ix:
It is said that when Robert Louis Stevenson lay seriously ill at Davos he asked that a Scottish minister who lived in the neighborhood should be summoned to his bedside. It was very early in the morning; but the good divine, fearing the worst, immediately dressed and and hastened to the chalet where his fellow-countryman lodged. He found Stevenson apparently in the article of death; but, as the kindly visitor leaned over the bed to whisper some word of ghostly consolation, the sick man opened his eyes and gasped faintly, "For God's sake, have you a Horace?"

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