Peace Among the Willows

White, H. Peace Among the Willows. The Hague: Martinus Nijhoff, 1968.

First Paragraph:” In three and a half centuries since Bacon and the miller prayed for peace among the willows, countless men and women have joined them in that prayer.  Instead of peace, they have found storms, gales, and hurricanes.  Yet, in these storms, the water mill has been well customed.  Despite Bacon’s fears, controversies between protestant and Catholic did not hinder the advancement of science.  Nor have other controversies which sometimes look like religious controversies, like that between east and west.”

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