Spring 1948 • Vol. X No. 2 Book ReviewsApril 1, 1948 |

The New Micah

A Masque Of Mercy by Robert Frost. Holt. $2.50   Though justice be thy plea, consider this, That in the course of justice none of us Should see salvation … . Though the stage for Mr. Frost's second morality is a modern bookshop, and the language of it at times conceals its dignity, it might be said to bear a relationship to our time not unlike that of Samson Agonistes to the 17th Century. Its aura, indeed, is decidedly Miltonic, particularly in the kind of acceptance of the wisdom beyond our separate wisdoms, though this has no tinge of the Greek idea of supreme fate. The sequel to A Masque of Reason, in which it was Found out the discipline man needed most Was to learn his submission to unreason, shows that justice not only cannot operate, but is practically non-existent without the concurrent love toward mercy. The theme is cast through the personification of modern man, with his perhaps over-developed social conscience, My Brother's Keeper (a name

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