COLERIDGE, HARTLEY (1796-1849)
Lot 98
COLERIDGE, HARTLEY (1796-1849) COLLECTION OF EIGHT AUTOGRAPH SONNETS AND OTHER POEMS, FOUR OF THEM UNPUBLISHED
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COLERIDGE, HARTLEY (1796-1849)
COLLECTION OF EIGHT AUTOGRAPH SONNETS AND OTHER POEMS, FOUR OF THEM UNPUBLISHED:

(i) SONNET ABOUT HIS 'LAMENTED FATHER', SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE, written on the anniversary of his death, 14 lines, beginning with a brief autograph letter signed ('Hartley Coleridge') giving the dates of the publication of S.T. Coleridge's Table Talk and of his death, 1 page, quarto, short tear at central horizontal fold [1847]

Still for the world he lives - and lives in bliss
For God and for himself. Ten years and three
Have now elapsed - Since he was dead to me -
As all that were on earth intensely His...
I think of him whom I most sorely miss.
The sage, the Poet, lives for all Mankind
As long as Truth is true or Beauty fair...

(ii) TWO SONNETS HEADED 'THE DESERTED CHURCH. A prophecy the fulfilment of which I never wish to see', beginning 'After long travail on my pilgrimage...' and 'Hark - do you hear the dull infrequent knell...', though printed as one poem in The Complete Poetical Works, edited by Ramsay Colles, [1904], 1 page, quarto, slight stain, short tear at central horizontal fold, not dated

(iii) SONNET 'TO MY INFANT GODDAUGHTER', beginning 'I stood beside thee in the holy place...', with notes identifying the subject as Caroline Green and stating that it was written in a bible, 1 page, quarto, dark stain on right-hand margin on the ends of four words, partly split at central fold, not dated

There are some fifty verbal differences between the text in this manuscript and the printed version.

(iv) SONNET BEGINNING 'A LITTLE MAIDEN HAVE I SEEN...', 1 page, quarto, splits at central fold, light stain on right-hand margin, pencil note 'Hartley Coleridge 1847...'

PROBABLY NOT PUBLISHED: not in The Complete Poems.

(v) SONNET 'TO THE FIRST PRIMROSE OF THE YEAR', 18 lines, beginning 'Yes, pretty creature thou art come again...', signed and dated 6 April 1835 at the end, 1 page, octavo, not dated

PROBABLY NOT PUBLISHED: not in The Complete Poems.

(vi) AUTOGRAPH POEMS incorporated in an autograph letter signed ('Hartley Coleridge'), 35 lines, beginning 'I trembling / Like a winter wind that had lost its way...', and a verse conversation between Stephen and Damon beginning 'Why Damon, why in sable suit today...'; in the letter Coleridge notes that Wordsworth has been made Poet Laureate and expresses the wish that Wordsworth would appoint him as his deputy, observing that 'No Laureate ever attained the wreath under more propitious circumstances - The Queen was delivered of a daughter - The Duke of Sussex died.', 4 pages, quarto, stitched where split at folds, four holes in second leaf, not dated [but 1843]

THESE POEMS (vi) ARE PROBABLY NOT PUBLISHED: not in The Complete Poems.

Hartley Coleridge is widely acknowledged as one of the finest of the nineteenth-century sonneteers.
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