AUSTIN, ALFRED (1835-1913)
(i) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS DIAMOND JUBILEE POEM FOR QUEEN VICTORIA signed ('Alfred Austin'), entitled 'Victoria! Victoria', 32 lines in three eight-line stanzas, the refrain only in full after the first stanza, 1 page, folio, light discoloration down left-hand side, not dated [but 1897]
Now ring the joybells loud & long!
And let the cannons roar!
Mid lusty cheer & loyal song
Resound from shore to shore...
Come, sun-burnt brethren from the East!
Come kindred from the East!
Cape & Australia, join the feast,
And be Britannia's guest!...
With wisdom, goodness, grace She filled
For sixty years the Throne...
The poem was presumably published at the time.
(ii) PORTRAIT FROM THE ROTARY PHOTOGRAPHIC SERIES, printed as a postcard, SIGNED AND INSCRIBED BY AUSTIN ('Alfred Austin' on the recto and 'Sent with much pleasure. AA') on the verso, unframed, 5 ½ x 3 ½ inches (14 x 9 cm), not dated
The Bodleian and British libraries have only six literary manuscripts by Austin; other collections are in the University of Iowa Library and the Beinecke Library.
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