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Entered according to Act of Parliament of Canada, in the
year 1884, in the office of the Minister of Agriculture.
FIRST BARON TENNYSON D'EI'NCOURT,
THIS ESSAY IS DEDICATED
IN GRATITUDE FOR THE BENEFIT DERIVED DURING
DAVY HIPPY HOURS SPENT IN THE
STUDY OF HIS WORKS.
It fell to the lot of the writer, as a member of a
small semi-social, semi-literary society, to prepare a
paper on The Princess, as a sequel to discussions
which had previously taken place upon The Idylls of the King and In Memoriam. In studying the poem for this purpose, many passages were found in which the allusions seemed very recondite, and others in which the meaning did not lie upon the
Other passages were considered worthy
of note on account of some peculiarity of diction or
of versification. The paper as read and the notes
subsequently prepared were published in the
autumn of the year 1882.
The little volume attracted much more notice
than was anticipated, and it soon became evident
that an entire change of feeling with regard to The Princess had been, for years, quietly going on.
From the letters and reviews received by the writer he discovered that the epithet of “amiable enthusiast," applied to him by a courteous, though dissident, critic, was applicable to a great many people besides himself.
One letter, however, more than repaid the writer for his labour. It was from Mr. Tennyson, and, inasmuch as it contains very little personal to the essayist, and throws light upon some important literary questions regarding the manner and method of the poet's working, it seemed selfish to keep it from the large number of Tennysonians in America.
Enthusiasts in sufficient number having been found, amiable enough to buy up the first edition of this “Study," the writer, in preparing a new edition, availed himself of the opportunity to correct two errors pointed out by Mr. Tennyson. He also sought and obtained permission to publish the letter, not so much for the purpose of adding importance to his monograph, as for the deep interest with which the Laureate's own views upon