Tag Archives: Songs of Travel

“In the matter of rhyme no man can judge himself”

This letter is in acknowledgment of proofs received from Scribner’s of a proposed volume of verse to contain, besides “Ticonderoga: A Legend of the West Highlands” and the two ballads “The Feast of Famine: Marquesan Manners” and “The Song of … Continue reading

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“Since my dear wild noble father died no head on earth is more precious to my thoughts than yours”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter see Mehew 6, 2240.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin, Memories and Notes, 1922, 146-7] Union Club, Sydney [August 1890] […] We … Continue reading

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“Ay, ay, it is sad to sell 17; sad and fine were the old days”

RLS took steamer again, this time for Sydney, where he had ordered his letters to await him. This was written during the passage. The set of verses were posthumously published in Songs of Travel, XXXV (1896), under the title “To … Continue reading

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“To other lands and nights my fancy turned”

The following, written in the last days of the sail southwards from the Gilberts to Samoa, contains the full plan of the South Sea book as it had then been conceived. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney … Continue reading

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“I shall have it on my tomb ― ‘He ran a butler'”

[As usual, dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 5, 1830.] To Sidney Colvin [Colvin 1911, 2, pp. 332-333] [Skerryvore, Bournemouth, ? 3 June 1887] My … Continue reading

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