"''Maddening'' would be the more correct formation; but Gray's use of madding has given it currency, and ''Far from the Madding Crowd'' has been adopted as the title of a novel [by Thomas Hardy (1874)], just as ''Annals of the Poor,'' , supplies the title of Leigh Richmond's well known work. Rogers quotes from one of Drummond's ''Sonnets'': - ''Far from the madding worldling's hoarse discord.'' Madding occurs in ''Paradise Lost'': - ''the madding wheels / Of brazen chariots raged.'' - vi. 210. Gray has it in ''Agrippina,'' , already quoted."


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