RINGING THE CHANGES
Bright baffling Soul, least capturable of themes,
Thou, who display’dst a life of common-place,
Leaving no intimate word or personal trace
Of high design outside the artistry
Of thy penned dreams,
Still shalt remain at heart unread eternally.
What a wide, free, careless spirit was this man Shakespeare’s — incarnate lesson to narrow-headed mortals, their strait moralities, and pedantic hearts! And what a Song he sang; clothing beauty for all time in actuality, in strangeness, and variety!
|Holy Trinity by William Wells Quatremain|
The film that follows was begun on the Bard’s official birthday, 23 April, and takes us from Chapel Street, Bradford to the Tate Modern on Bankside via the bells of Holy Trinity and Southwark Cathedral.