HEMANS, FELICIA (1793-1835)
FOUR AUTOGRAPH POEMS:
(i) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF AN APPARENTLY UNPUBLISHED POEM ENTITLED 'THE SPANISH LADY TO HER LOVER', 40 lines in five eight-line stanzas, with two autograph revisions, written on both sides of the first leaf of an autograph letter signed ('Felicia Hemans'), to Miss Maynard in Clifton, Bristol, sending the poem 'as so appropriate to the present times' [the Peninsular War], the first piece she has written since her confinement; though now better she hopes to resume her studies and to have the pleasure of introducing her son to her; she also asks if Miss Maynard can assist her husband in finding him a place as an Adjutant, expresses her dissatisfaction with Daventry, and states her intention of translating Ercilla's poems, but not those of Camoens (''I do not think it would be quite correct for a female to publish a collection of poems all of which are in such an amatory style...'), the poem 2 pages, quarto, the letter 2 pages, quarto, with integral address panel, postmarks, Daventry, 3 August 1813
Alonzo! tho' these tears betray
The conflict in my throbbing heart,
They do not fall to bid thee stay,
I weep, to know thou must depart...
PROBABLY UNPUBLISHED: not in The Poetical Works, 1897.
(ii-iii) TWO AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPTS OF HER WELL-KNOWN POEM 'TO THE MEMORY OF BISHOP [RICHARD] HEBER' (1783-1826) poet and Bishop of Calcutta, one of Mrs Heman's earliest literary friends, one with a four-line quotation from James Montgomery at head, one signed ('F. Hemans'), each 30 lines in five six-line stanzas, beginning 'If it be sad to speak of treasures gone, / Of sainted Genius, call'd too soon away...', one with a note in another hand 'Given me as Mrs Heman's autograph by Mr Justice Coleridge', 4 pages, quarto, St. Asaph, September 1826
(iv) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HER POEM 'A DOMESTIC SCENE', signed with initials ('F.H'), 32 lines in four eight-line stanzas, beginning 'T'was early Day - and Sunshine stream'd / Soft thro' a quiet room...', 2 pages, quarto, not dated
PROVENANCE: Edward Spencer (ii. ex-Justice Coleridge) and (iv); the other poem to Heber, Bernard Quaritch.
- Please note that one of the two poems to Bishop Heber has been withdrawn from the lot.