HOLE, RICHARD (1746-1803)
Lot 220
HOLE, RICHARD (1746-1803) AUTOGRAPH REVISED MANUSCRIPT OF A SONNET BEGINNING 'AH, WHEREFORE URGE MY WEARY LIMBS TO CLIMB...', 1791-1792
£800 - 1,200
US$ 1,400 - 2,000
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HOLE, RICHARD (1746-1803)
AUTOGRAPH REVISED MANUSCRIPT OF A SONNET BEGINNING 'AH, WHEREFORE URGE MY WEARY LIMBS TO CLIMB...', 20 lines, incorporated in an autograph letter signed ('R. Hole'), to his friend and fellow-poet Richard Polwhele at Kenton, both marked up by an editor, presumably Polwhele; the poem with one revised line and two notes by Hole, one stanza of five lines of verse added and indicated for replacing lines in the body of the text, the other commenting on it; in the letter, explaining what he is sending (...'Last night gave birth to the following lines, the only ones I have written since "Good King Arthur's golden days" - a sonnet to Dowman excepted...'), having heard from Emett that some lesser poems were still wanted to make up the quantum as 'the publication drew to a conclusion'; he also asks that if it were published he would prefer not to have it signed 'H' ('...as you must see it arose from feeling, & there is something Personal in the case...'), the letter 1 page, with Hole's name and the (?) page number 346 at head, the poem mainly 1 page with three lines on the integral address, small quarto, Exeter, marked by the editor 1792 (deleted) and 1791

Ah, wherefore urge my weary limbs to climb
Again with fruitless toil the Aonian mount.
Why bid me quaff Castalia's nectar'd fount?
And stretch'd in rapture on the brow sublime...

Richard Polwhele (1760-1838), poet, topographer, theologian and literary chronicler, was preparing at the time of Hole's letter Poems Chiefly by Gentlemen of Devonshire and Cornwall, 1792, for an Exeter literary society. The poem to which Hole is referring is his most well-known, Arthur, or, The Northern Enchantments, 1789. No poetical manuscripts by Hole have been sold at auction in the last forty years at least. This poem may have been published, but without the passages removed by Hole, though it has not been traced. There is no 'Collected Works'.

REFERENCE: Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
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