[Reginald Heber, Bishop of Calcutta, poet and hymn writer.] Autograph Fair Copy of his poem 'The Moon in silent brightness | Rides o'er the Mountain brow'.

Reginald Heber (1783-1826), Anglican Bishop of Calcutta, poet and hymn writer
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SKU: 22545

From the celebrated autograph collection of Richard Monckton Milnes (Lord Houghton). 1p, 8vo. In very good condition, lightly aged, with thin strip of paper from mount adhering to blank reverse. Folded once. A fair copy (with long s), possibly made for an autograph collector. A twenty-four line poem, in three eight-line stanzas, beginning: 'The Moon in silent brightness | Rides o'er the Mountain brow; | The Mist, in fleecy whiteness | Has clad the vale below;'. In addition to variations in accidentals, this version displays a number of textual differences from the one printed by Amelia Heber in her 1830 memoir of her father. She states that Heber 'was particularly fond of Scotch and Welsh music', and includes the poem in a group 'written to Welch airs'. Line 5, 'Beside my Lady's bower', is printed as 'Above the woodbine bow'r'. Lines 12-15, 'I only thought on thee: - | 'Twas sweet beneath thy Tower | A sentinel to be, - | But, blessings on the hour', are printed as 'I only fear'd for thee. | I crept beneath thy tower, | I climb'd the ivy tree; | And blessed be the hour'. Line 18, 'Within the copse below;', is printed as 'In yonder copse below,'. Line 20, 'His head upon his bow: -', is printed as 'His hand [sic] upon his bow;'.