Walter Pater, poems

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Transcripts of poems in manuscript: 'Cassandra' ('Like the stricken hart forsaken'), annotated below stanza 14 (referring to the original manuscript): 'Stanzas 12, 13 & 14 are in a female hand. Probably W H P got one of his sisters to help him in copying', and at the end: 'Signed W H Pater June 29: 1857'; 'The Chant of the Celestial Sailors' ('Homeward! homeward! thro' the glowing'); 'The Legend of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary', annotated 'Early Poems by Walter Pater' (note, the two poems, 'The Chant..' and 'The Legend...', are Pater's earliest known literary works, written at the King's School in the beginning of 1856, if not earlier); 'Inscription. For Ye Life of Walter Pater. To Ye Reader.', which has 13 lines of poetry, beginning 'Reader! I in this book implanted have', and is annotated 'These pleasant lines from some old English author whose name we have not been able to trace, were inserted by Walter Pater in front of a book of manuscript poems commenced in March 1859, & bore as title Inscription. For Ye Poet's Booke. To Ye Reader'; and 'The Acorn' ('An acorn deep in virgin soil'), annotated 'Written in a German Album' and (at end) 'Oct 1859. Heidelberg.' and transcribed in a different hand from that of the other poems. The transcripts were probably made in connection with Thomas Wright's 'The Life of Walter Pater', 1907, either by him or by Pater's friend, John Rainier McQueen.

Written on ruled note paper, in two different hands, in blue and black ink.

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