SWINBURNE, ALGERNON CHARLES (1837-1909)
AUTOGRAPH REVISED MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'A MATCH', 52 lines, with autograph revisions and deletions preserving a few reconsidered readings and order, particularly to the fifth stanza, 2 pages, folio, full green morocco gilt by Riviere, bound with numerous blanks, [c. 1866]
If love were what the rose is,
And I were like the leaf,
Our lives would grow together
In sad or singing weather,
Blown fields or flowerful closes,
Green pleasure or grey grief;
If lover were what the rose is,
And I were like the leaf...
'A Match' appeared in Swinburne's Poems and Ballads, 1866.
The fourth and fifth stanzas in the printed version are transposed in this manuscript and four lines in the penultimate stanza of the manuscript are entirely different from the printed text and probably unrecorded. See also lot 197.