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Joanna Baillie

1762–1851. Scottish poet and playwright.

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Rilla of Ingleside (1)

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Basil: A Tragedy (1)

Basil: A Tragedy (1798 play)

The brave man is not he who feels no fear,
For that were stupid and irrational;
But he, whose noble soul its fear subdues,
And bravely dares the danger nature shrinks from. (Act 3, scene 1)

Rilla of Ingleside, chapter 5 (“that verse of Shakespeare in the old Fifth Reader says—‘the brave man is not he who feels no fear’ . . . ‘he whose noble soul its fear subdues’”).


Baillie, Joanna. Basil: A Tragedy. In The Dramatic and Poetical Works of Joanna Baillie, second edition, 18–48. London: Longman, Brown, Green, and Longmans, 1851. Online at

Baillie, Joanna. Untitled extract. In Wheeler’s Graded Literary Readers with Interpretations: A Sixth Reader, by William Iler Crane and William Henry Wheeler, 298. Chicago: W.W. Wheeler & Company, 1919. Online at

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