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Charles Cockin


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Joshua Sylvester : 'The Woodman's Beare'

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     Reader/Listener/Group: Charles Cockin      Print: Book


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