Hermits and Hermit-Cells

“Hermits and Hermit-Cells” by the Rev. J. Hudson Barker, B.A., from “The Church Treasury of History, Custom, Folk-Lore, etc.”, edited by William Andrews; London : William Andrews & Co., 1898; pp. 68-96, is available on-line at

http://www.elfinspell.com/England/Andrews/TheChurchTreasury/HermitsAndHermit-Cells.html
hermit cell
“[S]ince nothing dies, but only all things change, all that was great and good in the hermit spirit has but passed on into other forms, for still we find poets of nature and self-denying souls, and even the hermit form itself may phœnix-life arise again out of the ashes of the frivolity and secularism of the age as an overstrained reaction from the past, as it did of old. Who can tell?”

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