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The Fairy Prince, 1900

Taken from Pall Mall Magazine, 1900, pp 498-499.

It is significant that this, the first of the poems in the ‘Fairy Prince’ series collected in 1902 in Rainbows, cannot have been written for Lord Alfred Douglas. It is dated 1899. The prince of this poem was probably the future Canon John Gray whom she had met in 1890, nine years before, when she was only sixteen. She corresponded with him and he advised her on her poems. But a few months before she wrote this poem, he suddenly left his work in the Foreign Office (in November 1898) and went to Rome to study for the priesthood. He was ordained in December 1901.

Olive began to write to Lord Alfred Douglas only in the spring of 1901. They were married in March 1902.

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