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Duchess of Kent : inscription

Alfred Tennyson to Lady Augusta Bruce, 12 May 1863, after being sent an 'Album' belonging to Queen Victoria, with the request that he write something in it before returning it: 'I had not time yesterday to overlook the volume which Her Majesty sent me. I did but see the inscription in the beginning by the Duchess of Kent and Goethe's "Edel sei der Mensch" in the Prince's handwriting -- a poem which has always appeared to me one of the grandest things which Goethe or any other man has written.'

Century: 1850-1899     Reader/Listener/Group: Alfred Tennyson      Manuscript: Unknown, In Album belonging to Queen Victoria


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