AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS SONNET [TO THE PRESIDENT OF MAGDALEN COLLEGE, OXFORD] (untitled here), 14 lines, 1 page, small quarto, dated November 1903
Since now from woodland mist and flooded clay
I am fled beside the steep Devonian shore,
Nor stand for welcome at your gothic door,
'Neath the fair tower of Magdalen and May,
Such tribute, Warren, as fond poets pay
For generous esteem, I write, not more
Enhearten'd than my need is...
Sir Thomas Herbert Warren (1853-1930) was President of Magdalen College, Oxford, from 1885 to 1928. He published By Seven Seas and Other Poems and gave a public lecture in Oxford in November 1913 entitled 'Readings from Bridges's Poems...' This poem is published in The Poetical Works of Robert Bridges, 1912. Only one poem by Bridges has been sold at auction in the last forty years at least. The Bodleian is the main British repository for Bridges's manuscripts.
PROVENANCE: Bernard Quaritch.