Joseph Mallord William Turner

Verses (Inscription by Turner)


In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

View by appointment
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Ink on paper
Support: 76 × 115 mm
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Turner Bequest CII 14

Catalogue entry

For the longer draft poems to which Turner’s verses belong, see Introduction to the sketchbook. Finberg did not transcribe the verses on this leaf, an alternative version of those on folios 13 verso and 55 (D06746, D06828). See note to folio 13 verso for comment. The reading given here was first made by Rosalind Mallord Turner for the 1990 Tate exhibition:
O gentle Spring yet [with inserted] renovating fire
Snatch from Twickenhams shore the tuneful reed
Wove with the Laurel crown the Poets mead
Alexis reed
To trip responsive cadence to his Lyre
In Summers ardent blush properly give
Thy many blossoms shield with generous care
While Phebus pours [around inserted] the sultry glare
In thy soft breezes let his verses live
Thy nodding poppies Autumn kindly weave
O Benefactress of the passing year
those strings have [often inserted trembled with thy care
Check not their sweetness with the falling leaf

David Blayney Brown
March 2007

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