HODGSON, RALPH (1871-1962)
THREE AUTOGRAPH POETICAL MANUSCRIPTS, the first two written in an otherwise blank quarto paper book, partly printed title-page filled in by Hodgson 'For Weg [his wife Aurelia] / Poems / by / Ralph Hodgson / 1932 / A Birthday Gift', 13 pages, quarto, half red morocco, marbled boards, somewhat worn, some soiling, waterstains and foxing, brown paper cover inscribed 'Poems, 1932
(i) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'EVE', signed with initials ('R.H.'), 64 lines in eight eight-line stanzas, 3 pages, not dated
Deep in the bells and grass,
Wading in bells and grass
Up to her knees,
Picking a dish of sweet
Berries, and plums to eat
Down in the bells & grass
Under the trees...
(ii) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS 'THE SONG OF HONOUR', signed with initials ('R.H.'), 215 lines, beginning 'I climbed a hill as light fell short / And rooks came home in scramble sort...', 10 pages, not dated
'Eve' and 'The Song of Honour', both published in Poems, 1917 and in Collected Poems, 1961, are two of Hodgson's best-known works.
PROVENANCE: David Holmes.
(iii) PRINTER'S TYPESCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'HYMN TO MOLOCH', signed ('Ralph Hodgson'), with two autograph revisions, 3 pages, quarto
It must be assumed that this hymn is published. Hodgson's papers are largely at Bryn Mawr College, Pennsylvania.
PROVENANCE: Julian Browning.
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