13 DECEMBER 1940, Page 16


SIR,—" Down the ringing grooves of change." This phrase, often quoted, has bothered me at intervals for over fifty years. I have been a busy man with little time for browsing, but its use by Reginald Dingle in a review in the Nineteenth Century of Demant's Religious Prospect bas determined me to clear up what Tennyson referred to. His general meaning as to change is clear enough ; but "ringing grooves." What are they? Can you or one of your readers suggest a clue?—Yours faithfully,