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Thread #50004   Message #3291675
Posted By: Lighter
16-Jan-12 - 08:19 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Lady Mary / Palace Grand / The Sad Song
Subject: RE: Origins: Lady Mary / Palace Grand / The Sad Song
Interesting post, Dave.

Anything is possible, but Harper's was and is a very well edited magazine, so I'd assume that "Behrynge" is how he wanted it spelled.

Possibly to serve as a pseudonym.

I've checked several very large American newspaper and magazine databases without turning up further mention of Francis or *any other* "Behrynge," except, curiously, for a character in a poem called "A Place in Heaven," by J. H. Starr, in the N.O. Daily Picayune, Jan. 16, 1888, p. 7. It begins,

"Behrynge, the pilgrim, lifting up his head,
Saw the death angel standing near his bed..."

Perhaps Starr was a fan of "Loving, but Unloved." Or perhaps J. H. Starr was in fact "Behrynge."