The Virginia Historical Register, and Literary Companion Volume 5

The Virginia Historical Register, and Literary Companion Volume 5

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...sight of Cape Race, Newfoundland, at which point the Telegraph Company is to furnish a steam yacht to run out and exchange despatches with every steamer. The proposed Quebec and Liverpool and New-York and Galway lines. (eight vessels, ) will touch at Cape Race, going and coming.--N. Y. Obs. We see by an article in a charming volume entitled " Recollections of a Literary Life," recently published by our old favorite Miss Mitford, that the Enigma on the letter H. which we remember reading some years ago, in avolume of Lord Byron'! works, and which we thought at the time was the very best thing of the kind that we had ever read, evincing, as it seemed to us, a wonderfully nice ear, and a curiously delicate appreciation of the varying sounds of the letter in different words, ---was, after all, not written by Lord B., but by a Miss Catherine Fanshawe. a poetess whom we confess we never heard of before. This strikes us of course as rather strange, but so it seems to be; for Miss M. assures us that though " she has it herself printed in two different editions of Lord Byron's works, the one English, the other American," she has a letter from a surviving friend of Miss F., in which he writes: " The letter H. (I mean the enigma so called, ascribed to Lord Byron, ) she (Miss F.) wrote at the Deepdene. I well remember her bringing it down at breakfast, and reading it to us, and my impression is, that she had then just composed it. " On this evidence--Miss M. does not hesitate to restore the poem to Miss F., and thereupon repeats it, as follows: A RIDDLE. 'Twas in heaven pronounced, and 'twas muttered in hell, And echo caught faintly the sound as it fell; On the confines of earth ' more

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  • Paperback | 78 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 154g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236908147
  • 9781236908148