(notes by Alastair Wilson)
“1894. 29 January. Begins Farewell Romance”.They were then in ‘Naulakha’, at Brattleboro, Vermont. Later that year they spent a short holiday in Bermuda (27 February to 21 March), then to England (April to August). There is no further mention in the diary of the poem, nor of its publication.
The present volume is issued to the public in the hope that the fund arising from the Bazaar proper, may, to some extent be supplemented by the profits arising from its sale. Its production has been, for the Editor, a labour of love rendered, if that were possible, still more so by the hearty co-operation of those who have contributed to its pages. My warmest thanks are, therefore, due to all – artists, authors and composers – and I take this opportunity of cordially indorsing my indebtedness to them.Among the artists who contributed were Sir E. Burne-Jones, Harry Furniss (a noted illustrator and cartoonist), Sir Frederick Leighton, and Gustave Doré. The authors included Andrew Lang, Henry Irving, Jerome K. Jerome and Kipling, plus very many others whose names are less well-remembered today. It would seem possible that Kipling was approached by Ned Burne-Jones or Andrew Lang to contribute: but whether he wrote ‘Romance’ especially for the book, or sent it as being a piece he had by him, is not known.
If we may infer the religious beliefs of prehistoric men from those of primitive people of our own day, we may suppose that the gods of palaeolithic man were hunting gods, and that they were propitiated by ceremonial dances.Durand goes on to give examples.
... the arquebus, the father of the musket and grand-father of the rifle, and the culverin, the progenitor of the modern field-gun, were not among the earliest types of firearm, but came into use in the sixteenth century (siege-guns first came into use the fourteenth), when the development of the use of gunpowder was making the bow and cross-bow obsolete, and thus revolutionising warfare.[Verse 4] The trader deplores the fact that sailing the world is getting too easy: the winds and tides have been mapped, so that when we make a landfall, we can be reasonably assured that we are where we really want to be. In the romantic past, one sailed off into the sunset, ignorant of where we were going and how we would get back.
The scientific mapping out of the prevailing winds of the world began in Germany at the beginning of the nineteenth century, and was soon taken up in England and America, At the present day [he was writing in 1914 and such things have advanced considerably further since then: Ed.] charts are obtainable which lay down not only the regular winds but the tracks of recent storms and the courses they may be expected to take in the near future. \the great maritime explorers of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries had to trust more to luck than to science, but it seems that Columbus, before undertaking his historic voyage, evolved a theory, which proved to be correct, as to the general trend of the North Atlantic winds.[Line 6] The Seven Seas version has “trudging”: Under Lochnagar has “drudging”.