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Chant de Jacqueline

vers/verse, pub:1835




From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     Two eight-line stanzas, rhyming a, b, a, b, c, d, c, d. These are found in Act 1., Tableau I., Sc. xi. of "L'Écossais," one of Dumas' long lost, and therefore unperformed and unprinted, plays.
     These verses are an adaptation, not a translation, of the song "County Guy" in Chapter IV. of Sir Walter Scott's romance, "Quentin Durward." In Act II., Tableau II., Scene ix. of the same play there is a note : "Jacqueline sings the third verse of the ballad." A space has been left in the manuscript, obviously for the insertion of this third stanza, but for some reason this has not been done, and in all probability Dumas never composed it. There follows a further note: "All this conclusion of the ballad of 'County Guy' has been greedily listened to by Quentin. . .."

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