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“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.
GAMA, Father of the Princess.
Sons of Gama.
Friends of the Prince.
Ladies of the Court and Tutors in the College.
SCENE I. - A Presence-room in the King's Palace.
I. Interlude. — “Sweet and low."
SCENE I. - A Court of the PRINCESS's Palace.
II. Interlude. The splendor falls on castle walls."
SCENE I. - A Pavilion in the Park.
Thy voice is heard through rolling drums."
SCENE I. A Camp of the King's Army.
IV. Interlude. “Home they brought her warrior dead.”
SCENE I. — A Hall of State in the Princess's Palace.
Finale. — “Ask me no more."