AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT ABOUT [HIS FOURTH SON FELIX EDWARD], 20 lines in five four-line stanzas, 1 page, quarto, dated 18 June 1854
Within his little grave we laid
The child for whom our hands so oft
With tendered touch, at eve, had made
His bed, nor thought the down too soft...
We left him, With a pall of Snow
His Shelter from the Midnight Storm,
To Sleep the Churchyard Sod below --
While we are in our dwelling warm...
So early called! -- And we remain.--
Ah What deep Care our feet must guide
If we would see his smile again
And, Where our treasure is, abide.
Felix Hopkins, who was born on 21 February 1852, died at the age of twenty-two months and was buried in Hampstead Cemetery next to the grave of someone called Randle, a circumstance that may have been reflected later in the title of Gerard Manley Hopkins's poem "Felix Randal". Publication of this poem has not been traced. See previous lot.
PROVENANCE: A male direct descendant of the brother of Gerard Manley Hopkins; Sotheby's.
REFERENCE: Norman White, Hopkins, A Literary Biography, 1992.