Book ID: 28657 Manuscript poem entitled "O Conscious Heart . . . For Miss Eliza Mum" and signed N. P. Willis. NATHANIEL PARKER WILLIS.

One of Willis's Many Verses to Young Ladies

Manuscript poem entitled "O Conscious Heart . . . For Miss Eliza Mum" and signed N. P. Willis.

Place and Imprint: N.p., n.d., but circa 1826-30.
Edition: Apparently unpublished.
Condition: Creased from its folding for mailing to Miss Mum, one small tear and a little browning at the edges; in very good condition.
Book ID: 28657

Physical Description

Single sheet, 21 x 16.5 cm, text in ink on the recto only. 16-line poem, approximately 130 words: "That in the lone paths of this shadowy world, / Hast blest all light, however dim by Shining, / That broke upon the darkness of thy way, / Number thy lamps of love, & tell me, now / How many canst thou re-light at the Stars / And blush not at their burning? . . ."

Comments

A poem by Nathaniel Parker Willis (1806-1867) written when he was a young man and keen suitor, perhaps when he was a student at Yale (class of 1827) or soon after. Willis was well known for such occasional verses written to young ladies, and his collected works are replete with examples, but not this one, perhaps because it lacks the refinement of his later attempts.

Price: $500.00