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Salient. An Organ of Student Opinion at Victoria College, Wellington, N.Z. Vol. 15, No. 4. March 27, 1952


Few scholars to have lectured in this College have pleased their audiences as much as did Sir John Sheppard on March 14. Lecturing on "Shakespeare and the Classics" to an enthralled three hundred and fifty, the Provost of King's College, Cambridge, held their interest from the moment he clambered over the bench to perch precariously facing them looking, as a member of our staff put it, like "a intellectual Churchill." To term his style as [unclear: unique] would be trite. To an audience in most cases so often disappointed' with monotonously dull discourses it was refreshing to listen to a speaker so relaxed and so knowledgeable as Sir John.

It was G. M. Trevelyan, perhaps the most humane of all our historians, who said "Our thanks ore due to the founder of Stratford Grammar School—and although we may think (judging from our own experiences perhaps) that Shakespeare would not have endorsed Trevelyan's remark, we may be sure from the illustrations Sir John gave in his address that Shakespeare did love his school. True, it was as Ben Jonson (who wrote fairly good, half alive plays) wrote, "I'm a better scholar than Shakespeare but he is a better poet than I am." It is a true judgement.