Ode on the Proclamation of the French Republic, September 4th, 1870 ...

London: F. S. Ellis ... 1870.

8vo., pp. 23, [1], a fine copy, unopened, in the original orange stiff paper printed wrappers.

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First edition. On 4 Septemeber 1879, two days after the final capitulation of the French army at Sedan and the surrender of Napoleon III to the King of Prussia, the republican deputies at Paris proclaimed the end of the imperial dynasty and the foundation of the provisional government that was to become the Third Republic. Swinburne’s celebratory Ode, dedicated to Victor Hugo, was ‘thrown off at a heat on the arrival of the news – written, copied, and despatched in two days’ (Swinburne to Charles Howell, 9 September 1870, quoted by Wise). The poem was afterwards reprinted in Songs of Two Nations (1875). Wise 52.

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