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Les Trois Dons de la Péri

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From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     Forty-three stanzas of varying lengths. Nos. 1 to 8 are of four lines each, rhyming a, b, a, b ; 10 and 28 have five lines, a, a, b, a, b ; 16 has also five lines, a, b, a, a, b; 14, 15 and 18 are of ten lines, a, b, a, b, c, c, d, e, e, d ; 17 has also ten lines, a, b, a, b, c, d, c, d, c, d; 13 has sixteen lines, a, a, b, c, c, b, d, e, d, e, f, f, g, h, h, g. All the others, 33 in number, are each of six lines and rhyme a, a, b, c, c, b.
     It is an imitation of the first 139 lines of "Paradise and the Peri," the second portion of Moore's "Lalla Rookh," expanded into 277 lines. Apparently Dumas did not complete it. "La Psyché," for March, 1826, published a prose translation from the English of "The Three Gifts of the Peri," by Madame Sétier.
     First published in "La Psyché," March, 1829.
     M. Glinel reprints it in his "Alexandre Dumas et Son Œuvre," pp. 230 to 238.

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