TRENCH, HERBERT (1865-1923, Irish poet)
Lot 498
TRENCH, HERBERT (1865-1923, Irish poet) AUTOGRAPH REVISED MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'SONG OF THE VINE, IN ENGLAND', SIGNED, [1918]
£500 - 600
US$ 810 - 970

Lot Details
TRENCH, HERBERT (1865-1923, Irish poet)
AUTOGRAPH REVISED MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'SONG OF THE VINE, IN ENGLAND', SIGNED ('Herbert Trench'), 60 lines in seven mostly eight-line stanzas, with autograph revisions preserving reconsidered readings and with an autograph note on the verso of the last leaf addressed from the Athenaeum Club, to an unnamed correspondent, fulfilling his promise and informing him that the lines will appear in his poems shortly being published by Constable [1918], 3 pages, quarto [1918]

Man
O Vine along my garden wall
Could I thine English slumber break
And thee from wintry exile disenthrall
Where would thy spirit wake?

Vine
I would wake at the hour of dawning in May, in Italy
When rose mists rise from the Magra's valley-plain
In the fields of maize and olives round Pontremoli
When peaks grow golden and clear and the starlight wanes...

RARE: the only manuscript material by Trench recorded as sold at auction was a collection at Sotheby's on 15 December 1982, lot 252. For Trench's more calligraphic hand, in which the present poem is written, see Marsh. The poem was also printed in Irish Poets of To-Day, compiled by L.Walter.

REFERENCE: Edward Marsh's Little Book, reproduced in Facsimile, 2 volumes, Eton, 1990.
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