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Marguerite de Branksome

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From A Bibliography of Alexandre Dumas père by Frank Wild Reed:
     Eighty lines, rhyming in couplets, divided into stanzas having irregular lengths.
     This piece appeared in a collective work, entitled "Les Femmes de Walter Scott," 1 vol., 1839.
     In 1841 it was republished at Brussels, with portraits, royal 8vo., morocco gilt.
     In 1842 another edition appeared at Paris, from the firm of Marchant.
     M. Glinel records one variant between the first and third of the above issues.
     These verses are rather an adaptation than a translation of Stanzas XI. to XVIII. of Canto I. of Scott's "Lay of the Last Minstrel." Further, Dumas has credited to Margaret of Branksome the powers of sorcery, which Scott attributes to her mother, who was the daughter of the wizard clerk of Béthune.

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