Wednesday, April 12, 2017


Muscular Christianity

Robert Bridges (1844-1930), letter to Lionel Muirhead, in The Selected Letters of Robert Bridges, Vol. I (Newark: University of Delaware Press, 1983), p. 531:
I dreamed last night that I saw Keble—he was a bishop, and quite naked except for a pair of gaiters. He had the most enormous leg muscles, which I felt and examined, and wondered how a man with such muscles could ever have died: for he was dead.
Keble = John Keble, author of The Christian Year. I owe the quotation and the title of this post to Ian Jackson, "Preface," The Imperfect Correspondent in Historical Perspective (Berkeley, 2005), p. 12, n. 20.

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