Turner Bequest CCLXXX 190
Inscribed by unknown hand in pencil ‘[?Checked] by the [...]’ in bottom right corner of sheet [erased]
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXX 190’ bottom right
First from the prow to hail the glimmering light;
(Emblem of Truth divine, whose secret ray
Enters the soul, and makes the darkness day!)
“PEDRO! RODRIGO! There, methought, it shone!
There – in the west! And now, alas, ’tis gone! –
’Twas all but a dream! we gaze and gaze in vain!
– But mark and speak not, there it comes again!
It moves! – what form unseen, what being there
With torch-like lustre fires the murky air?
His instincts, passions, say, how like our own?
Oh ! when will day reveal a world unknown?
Stamped in black ‘CCLXXX 190’ lower centre
How to cite
Meredith Gamer, ‘Land Discovered by Columbus, for Rogers’s ‘Poems’ c.1830–2 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, August 2006, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, December 2012, https://www