Manuscript poem beginning: I hear the soft September rain...

n.p., n.d. [likely London, ca. late 1870s]. 12mo, 6 stanzas, 24 lines; a touch of lightness to the ink, and her hand rather delicate, mounted; very small tear starting at one mount. The poem is headed by Psalm 88.18: "Lover and Friend Hast Thou put far from me." Moulton's first volume of poems, Swallow Flights (its name inspired by a lyric of Tennyson) was published in England in 1877; the American version was titled simply Poems. The manuscript poem here did in fact appear in print in this first book of Moulton’s verse, pp. 64-65, which might also suggest the manuscript itself, though not explicitly dated, may well come from very early in her poetic career. Item #44838

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