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The world is such a dance!

RLS visited Philip Gilbert Hamerton, the founder and editor of the Portfolio, artist and author who at this time was living at Pré-Charmoy, Tavernay, near Autun, Burgundy. [For correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew 2, 575.]  To … Continue reading

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And yet the ships were beautiful to see, as they are always

The French verse is from a poem by the French poet and writer Théodore de Banville (see previous post). [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts made by Sidney Colvin. For full, correct and critical edition of this letter, see Mehew … Continue reading

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Pitting my own humour to this old verse … we’ll walk the woods no more

At this time Stevenson was much occupied, as were several young writers his contemporaries, with imitating the artificial forms of early French verse. Some of his attempts have been preserved, like the two contained in this letter. The second is … Continue reading

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For two good emotions I would sacrifice a thousand years of fame

During his days in London RLS has gone with Mrs. Sitwell to the British Museum to revisit the Elgin marbles, and has carried off photographs of them to put up in his room at Edinburgh. ‘The desire of the moth … Continue reading

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A little lake of tarnished green deepening into a blood-orange at the margins

In Edinburgh Sacramental fast-days were observed on the Thursday before the last Sunday of April and October; they were discontinued in 1887. The ‘Song of Deborah and Barak’ is from the Bible, Judges 5. [Dots between square brackets indicate cuts … Continue reading

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‘O could I fly, I’d fly with thee!’

On the question of the authorship of the Ode to the Cuckoo, which Edmund Burke thought the most beautiful lyric in the English language, the debate is between the claims of John Logan (1748-1788), minister of South Leith, and his … Continue reading

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