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The Return by Walter De la Mare
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THE RETURN

Walter de la Mare


"Look not for roses in Attalus his garden, or wholesome
flowers in a venomous plantation. And since there is scarce
any one bad, but some others are the worse for him; tempt
not contagion by proximity and hazard not thyself in the
shadow of corruption."

SIR THOMAS BROWNE.



CHAPTER ONE

The churchyard in which Arthur Lawford found himself wandering
that mild and golden September afternoon was old, green, and