BORROW, GEORGE (1803-1881)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF 'CORT ADLER', his translation from the Danish of a poem by [Bernhard Severin] Ingemann (1789-1862), comprising 40 lines in four-line stanzas, 2 pages, quarto, inlaid, calligraphic title-page, typed transcript of the poem, full red morocco gilt, upper cover detached, not dated
Cort Adler was a right gallant wight,
His fame wide and distant was carried;
He wrought so many a deed of might,
While by foreign strands he tarried...
...Now lieth the Hero within the cold grave,
No heads will he e'er again sever;
But Denmark still keeps his name, banner and glaive,
And faithful will keep them for ever.
Published in George Borrow, The Songs of Scandinavia and Other Poems and Ballads, 1923. One unrecorded different reading in the manuscript is the substitution of 'Constantinople' for 'Myklegaards.'
The largest collections of Borrow's manuscripts are in Norwich Public Library and the Brotherton Library.
PROVENANCE: David Holmes.