In less than a week, I will be taking the Franklin Classical School seniors to England. A good bit of the time while we are there will be spent in the city of London. And one of my favorite places in London is Charing Cross, near the West End theater district. Over the years I have made some of my best antiquarian book finds there in the little shops that line the lane. I am always reminded of the wonderful little poem, "Charing Cross in London Town" by Norman Davey:
By Charing Cross in London Town
There runs a road of high renown,
Where antique books are ranged on shelves
As dark and dusty as themsleves.
And many book lovers have spent
Their substance there with great content,
And vexed their wives and filled their homes
With faded prints and massive tomes.
I can hardly wait.