A manuscript commonplace book of love poems.

Cornwall (variously Liskeard, Devonport and Calstock)

Quarto, 80 pp., written in one legible hand throughout (except possibly for the last couple of pages), bound in quarter black roan morocco over marbled boards, a chunk missing from the backstrip and the boards a little rubbed and worn.


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This manuscript commonplace book contains both original poems and selections copied from published sources. Although there is no conclusive proof, there is evidence within the text to suggest that the author of these poems was a woman. The majority of the poems deal with love; often love imagined and seemingly unrequited. The poem •The Forsaken’ opens with the lines: •I thought him still sincere / I hoped he loved me yet / My poor heart [?] with knowing fear / Oh canst thou thus forget’. This is followed by •Comfort for the Distressed’. Again the opening lines set the mood. •When darkest clouds of wild despair / And gales of grief and gloomy cares / Around thy pathway lower / Fear not; the storm will soon subside / Thou hast a friend who will provide / For every trying hour’. In •The Echo’ the author asks: •Can the feelings of love be all doomed to decay?’ and goes on to answer, •With him there is fulness of joy and salvation / Thy gladness shall live and never decay / The echo said sweetly – ñShall never decayî’. This last poem though seems to be wishful thinking as there is no evidence to suggest that the feelings of love were mutual. Interspersed with the original poems are selections copied from published sources including Thomas Hood’s •The Bridge of Sighs’ and works by Moore and Cowper.