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  • From: David Megginson <david@megginson.com>
  • To: xml-dev@xml.org
  • Date: Wed, 8 Mar 2000 10:42:38 -0500 (EST)

Just to help this discussion along, I'm attaching the first two
stanzas of Tennyson's "Guinevere" (later included in Idylls of the
King) in TEI markup (TEI-lite, actually).

Of course, it is possible to make it much more complicated than this,
which is why a subset is a good idea, but the only really hairy part
of TEI is the header, which requires at a minimum some kind of title
statement, a publication statement for the e-text, and a description
of the source.

By the way, in addition to the Oxford Text Archive there is a
collection of 45,000 e-texts, mostly TEI/SGML, at the University of
Virginia's Electronic Text Center:


Many of the texts are available online, and they include English,
French, German, Latin, Chinese, Japanes, and many other languages.

<!DOCTYPE TEI.2 SYSTEM "http://www.uic.edu/orgs/tei/lite/teixlite.dtd">



   <title>Guinevere (excerpt)</title>
   <author>Alfred Lord Tennyson</author>

   <p>Electronic version by David Megginson 2000-02-08.  This
    transcription is in the public domain.</p>

   <p>From the 1866 American edition of the <title>Poems of Alfred
    Tennyson</title> by J.E. Tilton and Company.</p>




<l>Queen Guinevere had fled the court, and sat</l>
<l>There in the holy house at Almesbury</l>
<l>Weeping, none with her save a little maid,</l>
<l>A novice: one low light betwixt them burn'd,</l>
<l>Blurr'd by the creeping mist, for all abroad,</l>
<l>Beneath a moon unseen albeit at full,</l>
<l>The white mist, like a face-cloth to the face,</l>
<l>Clung to the dead earth, and the land was still.</l>

<l>For hither had she fled, her cause of flight</l>
<l>Sir Mordred; he the nearest to the King,</l>
<l>His nephew, ever like a subtle beast</l>
<l>Lay couchant with his eyes upon the throne,</l>
<l>Ready to spring, waiting for a chance: for this,</l>
<l>He chill'd the popular praises of the King</l>
<l>With silent smiles of slow disparagement;</l>
<l>And tamper'd with the Lords of the White Horse,</l>
<l>Heathen, the brood by Hengist left; and sought</l>
<l>To make disruption in the Table Round</l>
<l>Of Arthur, and to splinter it into feuds</l>
<l>Serving his traitorous end; and all his aims</l>
<l>Were sharpen'd by strong hate for Lancelot.</l>



All the best,


David Megginson                 david@megginson.com

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