STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS (1850-1894, Scottish poet and novelist)
Lot 457
STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS (1850-1894, Scottish poet and novelist) AUTOGRAPH REVISED 'NONSENSE' DITTY; AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT BY STEVENSON OF A POEM BY BLANCO WHITE
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STEVENSON, ROBERT LOUIS (1850-1894, Scottish poet and novelist)
(i) AUTOGRAPH REVISED 'NONSENSE' DITTY, 8 lines, with the second line deleted and rewritten, on a slip of paper (3 x 6 inches), not dated

I have been East, I have been west,
To earth's remotest bound
On every land I sought the best
The good I never found.
At last, from all the fools in flocks,
Methought I saw a man.
A-taking out the works of clocks,
Afar in the Sundan.

PROBABLY UNPUBLISHED: not mentioned in A Bibliography of Robert Louis Stevenson, edited by W.F. Prideaux, 1917.

(ii) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT BY STEVENSON OF A POEM BY BLANCO WHITE, 14 lines, beginning 'Mysterious Night! When our first parent knew / Thee from report divine, and heard thy name...', with a note signed by Katharine D. Osborne [wife of Stevenson's step-son and companion] 'A copy of an old poem made by Robert Louis Stevenson for himself. and kept among his papers many years', 1 page, quarto, not dated

A long scar lay across the waste
Bound up with vetch and maidenhair
And birdsfoot trefoils everywhere.
But the clover and the sweet hay
The cranes bill and the yarrow
Were as nothing to the rose bay

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  • Please disregard the quotation at the end of the description, which is in fact from lot 456.
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