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PREFACE.

“THE PRINCESS ” is entitled “ A Medley,” being in form neither an epic nor a drama, though largely containing the elements of both. That its rich materials admit of more strictly dramatic treatment is suggested by the poet himself, in terms which might justify the attempt, if made in an appreciative spirit, with no purpose of disturbing the original, legitimate impression of the poem.

In this re-composition of the work, the aim has been to retain the language and style of Tennyson as far as possible, and only to take such liberties with the plot as have been experimentally found requisite in a private representation.

It is believed that a dramatic rendering of “The Princess,” though it must necessarily sacrifice some of its literary beauties, can only enhance its charms as a wonderful creation of fancy, and may deepen its philosophical interest, as it bears upon many questions of modern social life and culture.

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DRAMATIS PERSONÆ.

GAMA, Father of the Princess.
ARAC,

Sons of Gama.
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THE KING, Father of the Prince.
THE PRINCE, Lover of the Princess.
FLORIAN,

Friends of the Prince.
CYRIL,
IDA, the Princess, and head of the College of Maidens.
BLANCHE,

Ladies of the Court and Tutors in the College.
PSYCHE,
MELISSA, Daughter of Lady Blanche.
GIRL-STUDENTS. COLLEGE PORTRESS. WOMAN-POST. WOMAN-

GUARDS.

HERALDS.

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ACT I.

Scene I. A Presence-room in the King's Palace.
SCENE II. Before GAMA's Palace.
SCENE III. – A College-hall in the Palace of the PRINCESS.

I. Interlude. “ Sweet and low."

ACT II.

SCENE I. - A Court of the PRINCESS's Palace.
SCENE II. – A Park adjoining the Palace.
SCENE III. – On a Terrace before the Palace.

II. Interlude. “The splendor falls on castle walls."

ACT III. .

SCENE I. – A Pavilion in the Park.
SCENE II. — On a Terrace before the Palace.
Scene III. A Council-Chamber in the Palace.

III. Interlude. “Thy voice is heard through rolling drums.”

ACT IV.

SCENE I. - A Camp of the King's Army.
SCENE II.- Open Field between the Camps.

IV. Interlude. “Home they brought her warrior dead.”

ACT V.

SCENE I. - A Hall of State in the PRINCESS's Palace.

Finale. “ Ask me no more."

NOTE.

Some of the longer passages, though well adapted for the closet, and even essential to the drama as read, may be omitted or curtailed in representation. See Bulwer's Note to Richelieu."

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