1] Until the edition of 1855, the poem was called St. Agnes. The change was perhaps intended to bring out the contrast with Keats's Eve of St. Agnes. Keats develops the theme in secular, Tennyson in religious, terms.
16] argent round: the silvery moon.
17] Lamb: Christ. The name "Agnes" also signifies "lamb."
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Original text: The Keepsake (London: Longman, Rees, Orme, Brown, Green, and Longman, 1837). AY 13 K5 ROBA. Revised in Alfred lord Tennyson, Poems, 2 vols. (Boston: W. D. Ticknor, 1842). Alfred lord Tennyson, Works (London: Macmillan, 1891). tenn T366 A1 1891a Fisher Rare Book Library (Toronto).
First publication date: 1837
RPO poem editor: H. M. McLuhan
RP edition: 3RP 3.44.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/17
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