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Record 22630

Reading Experience:

The Rev. Charles Cockin to Alfred Tennyson, November 1868: 'In reading an old translation of Du Bartas I was struck with the following verse from the "Woodman's Beare," Stanza 55: '"But her slender virgin waste Made me beare her girdle spight, Which the same day imbraste Though it were cast off at night: That I wisht, I dare not say, To be girdle, night and day."' 'May I be pardoned for my curiosity in wishing to know whether these lines suggested the two last stanzas in the song in the "Miller's Daughter"?'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: Between 1 Nov 1868 and 30 Nov 1868
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: Hull
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Charles Cockin
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: n/a
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Joshua Sylvester
Title: 'The Woodman's Beare'
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 'The Woodman's Beare' appeared 'appended to the Divine Weekes and Workes of Du Bartas.'
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 22630  
Source - Print  
  Author: Hallam Tennyson
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1897
  Vol: 2
  Page: 60-61
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Hallam Tennyson, Alfred Lord Tennyson: A Memoir by His Son (London, 1897), 2, p. 60-61,, accessed: 18 August 2019

Additional comments:

Source author notes that poem the work not of Du Bartas, but of Sylvester, at p.60 n.1; other bibliographical details also supplied by source author in this note. Author also reproduces, at p.61, Tennyson's letter in reply to Cockin, in which he wrote: 'I never saw the lines before: and the coincidence is strange enough, and until I saw the signature I fully believed them to be a hoax.'



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