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Record Number: 22630


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

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

n/a


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, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=22630, accessed: 03 October 2022


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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