BROWNING, Elizabeth Barrett (1806-1861). Poet.
Important working autograph manuscript of two sonnets, Two Sketches and The Poet, 2 pages 16mo (back to back), [ca 1847]. One of the Two Sketches, published in Blackwood's Magazine in 1847 appears here in its published form; the poem refers to the poet's sisters, Henrietta and Arabella.
The sonnets are headed respectively 6. Two sketches - no.11 and 8 The poet.
The Poet has corrections to the pentultimate and final lines. The published version differs only in punctuation from the corrected version here.
Line 13 reads Where men may hear thy wonders ceaseless [replacing 'never-ending'] tune.
Line 14 has been scored-through completely. The original appears to have read Of wonder and praise forever as thou bidst, now replaced by And praise His world for ever as thou bidst.
Four years after her marriage to Robert Browning, in 1850, both poems, with others, were published in a two-volume edition under the title Poems by Elizabeth Barrett Browning by Chapman and Hall.
The image is of only one of the poems.