TIGHE, MARY (1772-1810)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HER POEM 'SONNET' (untitled herein), 14 lines, with a note by Elizabeth Maurice, 1 page, 16mo, undated [c. 1805]
For me shall Fancy now her chaplet twins
Of Hopes bright blossoms & Joy's fairy flowers
As she was wont to do in gayer hours?
Ill would it suit this brow where many a line
Declares the spring time of my life gone by...
The text in this manuscript differs from the printed version in Psyche and Other Poems and Collected Poems and Journals in having the phrase 'these bright visions' for 'those gay phantoms.'
MANUSCRIPTS BY MARY TIGHE ARE RARE; only one letter has been sold at auction in the last forty years at least.
PROVENANCE: Edward Spencer, who recorded that it was removed from the autograph album of Elizabeth Maurice, sister of Frederick Denison Maurice (1805-1872, Professor of Moral Philosophy), and that she noted in the margin 'This is the hand writing of Mrs. Henry Tighe, author of Psyche, it probably is a draft of one of the original stanzas.' In fact, it is a draft of one of the other poems in the book.
REFERENCES: Mrs Tighe, Psyche and Other Poems, 1805; Collected Poems and Journals of Mary Tighe, edited by Harriet Kramer Linkin, 2005.