Excerpt: ...I had no share in Nature's patrimony, Blasted were all my morning hopes of Youth, Dark DISAPPOINTMENT follow'd on my ways, CARE was my bosom inmate, and keen WANT Gnaw'd at my heart. ETERNAL ONE thou know'st How that poor heart even in the bitter hour Of lewdest revelry has inly yearn'd For peace! My FATHER! I will call on thee, Pour ...Read MoreExcerpt: ...I had no share in Nature's patrimony, Blasted were all my morning hopes of Youth, Dark DISAPPOINTMENT follow'd on my ways, CARE was my bosom inmate, and keen WANT Gnaw'd at my heart. ETERNAL ONE thou know'st How that poor heart even in the bitter hour Of lewdest revelry has inly yearn'd For peace! My FATHER! I will call on thee, Pour to thy mercy seat my earnest prayer, And wait thy peace in bowedness of soul. Oh thoughts of comfort! how the afflicted heart, Tired with the tempest of its passions, rests On you with holy hope! the hollow howl Of yonder harmless tenant of the woods Bursts not with terror on the sober'd sense. If I have sinn'd against mankind, on them Be that past sin; they made me what I was. In these extremest climes can Want no more Urge to the deeds of darkness, and at length Here shall I rest. What tho' my hut be poor- The rains descend not thro' its humble roof: Would I were there again! the night is cold; And what if in my wanderings I should rouse The savage from his thicket! Hark! the gun! And lo-the fire of safety! I shall reach My little hut again! again by toil Force from the stubborn earth my sustenance, And quick-ear'd guilt will never start alarm'd Amid the well-earn'd meal. This felon's garb- Will it not shield me from the winds of Heaven? And what could purple more? Oh strengthen me Eternal One in this serener state! Cleanse thou mine heart, so PENITENCE and FAITH Shall heal my soul and my last days be peace. Sonnets SONNET I. Go Valentine and tell that lovely maid Whom Fancy still will pourtray to my sight, How her Bard lingers in this sullen shade, This dreary gloom of dull monastic night. Say that from every joy of life remote At evening's closing hour he quits the throng, Listening alone the ring-dove's plaintive note Who pours like him her solitary song. Say that her absence calls the sorrowing sigh, Say that...Read Less
Edited by Edward Dowden. 16mo. Half navy blue calf with compartments and gilt spine and blue marbled paper over boards. xxx, 220pp. Top edge gilt. Blue marbled endpapers. Very good. Slight bit of wear along edges; abrasion from bookplate removal on front pastedown and ownership signature on inner flyleaf. Tight and handsome volume in the "Golden Treasury Series"--this copy custom bound by Zaehnsdorf. Excellent copy of this well-known edition, in a killer binding.
Good. No Jacket. 18mmo. Chipping/rubbing to front/rear boards. Large dingf to foot of cutter of front bioard and spine. General mild shelfwear. Very light foxing to front/rear pd and cracking to guttering of fpd and ffep. Pp very clean and bingding is firm.
Very Good. No Jacket. 12mo-over 6¾"-7¾" tall. New cloth spine and matching endsheets, but the book maintains its original boards. Previous owner's name (Jane Allen) and the date 1826 on the second front endpaper. Overall, a most acceptable copy of the first U.S. edition of this title by the noted British poet. Southey was the Poet Laureate for thirty years prior to his death in 1843. 132 pp.
First American edition, small 8vo, pp. , -132; very nice Boston binding of full red sheep, double gilt-rules on covers, smooth gilt-decorated spine laid out in 6 panels with urns and anacanthus leaves, green morocco label in one, gilt-decorated board edges, marbled endpapers; first free flyleaf excised; a few minor scuff marks, but a very good copy in a handsome 18th century American binding binding. Presentation in an early hand on the title page: "Harriet Stickney, presented by my mother Miss Mary Stickney." Among the poems are a short poem to Mary Wollstonecraft, poems on the slave trade, and Botany-Bay Ecologues. The last 7 pages consist of ads and publisher's announcements. Evans 36345; NCBEL III, 255.
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