BOWLES, WILLIAM LISLE (1762-1850)
AUTOGRAPH REVISED MANUSCRIPT OF HIS 'EPITAPH ON BENJAMIN TREMLYN', 16 lines, with five autograph revisions preserving reconsidered readings, 1 page, quarto, not dated
A poor old soldier, shall not lie unknown,
Without a verse & this recording stone,
Twas his, in youth, o'er distant lands to stray,
Danger & Death, companions of his way...
A headnote reads 'An old soldier, buried in Bremhill Churchyard, who died Dec[em]ber 1st 1822 aged ninety-two written by the Revd Wm L. Bowles (Pastor of the Parish).' Printed versions of the poem have 'eye' for 'look' in line 9 and 'trumpet' for 'Trump' in the last line (see The Poetical Works, 2 volumes, edited by George Gilfillan, 1855). The schoolboy S.T. Coleridge so admired Bowles's Fourteen Sonnets he copied them out for friends. Only a four-line poem by Bowles has appeared at auction in the last forty years at least. The poem has been widely published.
PROVENANCE: Bernard Quaritch.