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Record 16418

Reading Experience:

Elizabeth Barrrett to Mary Russell Mitford, 22 July 1837: 'I am sure I ought to be proud of my verses ["Victoria's Tears," about Queen Victoria's weeping during the Accession Proclamation on 21 June] finding their way into a Belford Regis newspaper! The young Queen is very interesting to me -- & those tears [...] are beautiful & touching to think upon. Do you remember Lord Byron's bitter lines [...] '"Enough of human ties in royal breasts! Why spare men's feelings when their own are jests?" 'They have never past from my memory since I read them. There is something hardening, I fear, in power [...] But our young Queen wears still a very tender heart! and long may its natural emotions lie warm within it!'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1823 and 22 Jul 1837
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: n/a
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:Elizabeth Barrett
Age Unknown
Gender Female
Date of Birth 6 Mar 1806
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Writer
Religion: n/a
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: George Gordon, Lord Byron
Title: The Age of Bronze
Genre: Poetry, Politics, Arts / architecture
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: 1823
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 16418  
Source - Print  
  Author: n/a
  Editor: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson
  Title: The Brownings' Correspondence
  Place of Publication: Winfield
  Date of Publication: 1985
  Vol: 3
  Page: 261
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Philip Kelley and Ronald Hudson (ed.), The Brownings' Correspondence (Winfield, 1985), 3, p. 261,, accessed: 13 July 2024

Additional comments:

Source eds note that lines from Byron (Age of Bronze, 765-764) slightly misquoted; see p. 263 n.10.



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