four tragedies included in this volume are widely separated
in their subject-matter. It is a far call from Arthur
of the Round Table, of ancient Celtic Britain, to Daulac,
of the French Canadas, and they each are seemingly separated
from the fortunes of the great Pope Gregory; yet these
plays are included in the one volume because they deal
with those eternal problems of the human soul which
all of the world’s thinkers have had at heart.
Two of the plays, “Mordred” and “Hildebrand,”
were written in 1893, and published in a small edition
in 1895, while the others now appear for the first time
in book form. The author makes no apology for the form
of these plays. Like other writers, he has his own literary
ideals, and with the great mass of the sane British
peoples, believes that Shakespeare is still the great
dramatic poet of the modern world.
If these plays, in spite of
their imperfections, receive a kindly welcome, the author
will later publish another group of his historical dramas
and comedies in a separate volume.
OTTAWA, November, 1908 [Page 5].