Autograph manuscript signed, fair copy of his poem The Cause.

Np: March 12, 1864.

Price: $3,500.00


About the item

1 page, 20 lines in 2 stanzas. Approx. 9 x 7 inches. Tipped to a sheet and bound with a transcription, bespoke manuscript title and portrait. 4to. Full green morocco, bound by Macdonald, some wear at joints. Provenance: John Gribbel (bookplate, his sale lot 770); Walter Chrysler (morocco booklabel).

Item #346584

A fair copy of an anti-slavery poem consisting of extracts from "Derne," first printed under the title "The Cause" in the Amesbury and Salisbury Villager, 16 June 1864. "Derne" was first printed in an 1850 periodical and collected in The Chapel of the Hermits, 1853. The Civil War poem begins: "God mend his heart who cannot feel / The impulse of a holy zeal..." The the first four lines of the second verse: "Not to the swift nor to the strong / The battles of the Right belong; / For he who strikes for freedom wears / The armor of the captive's prayers."