chapter  IV
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LONDON FOUND WANTING

Hardy never forgot the 'quick glad surprise’ of those days. Twenty-five years later he mentioned 'Aholibah’ and quoted 'The Garden of Proserpine’ and 'Behold, when thy face is made bare’ in Tess of the D ’ Urbervilles. In Jude he quoted the 'Prelude’ to Songs before Sunrise and the 'Hymn to Proserpine’ . Swinburne’s 'Tristram of Lyonnesse’ is echoed in Hardy’s poems about Lyonnesse as well as in The Queen of Cornwall. Up to the date of Swinburne’s meteoric flashing upon the literary scene, Hardy’s impulse towards poetic composition had apparently been largely in the direction of Shakespearean sonnets and of Spenserian stanzas, but after the spring of 1866 Swinburne’s addiction to anapests began to leave its influence in many of Hardy’s lines.