KINGSLEY, CHARLES (1819-1875)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS WELL-KNOWN FINE POEM 'THE TIDE RIVER' FROM 'THE WATER-BABIES', untitled herein, signed with initials ('CK'), 26 lines in two eight-line stanzas and one ten-line stanza, 3 pages, quarto, undated [The Water-Babies was published in 1863]
Clear & cool, clear & cool,
By laughing shallow, & dreaming pool.
Cool & clear, cool & clear
By shining shingle, & foaming weir
Under the crag where the ouzel sings
And the ivied wall where the churchbell rings;
Undefiled, for thee undefiled
Play by me, bathe in me, mother & child...
This version differs from the printed text by having 'smoke grimed' for 'smoky' in the second line of the second stanza.
In The Old Century, Siegfried Sassoon describes that when his mother read The Water-Babies ('the favourite book of my childhood') to him he wished she left out 'Clear and Cool' because he 'preferred to be alone with it, for it was the most satisfying poem I had ever experienced.'
The major collections of Kingsley's manuscripts are at Princeton and Cambridge University.
PROVENANCE: Lionel Robinson.