Joseph Mallord William Turner

Verses (Inscriptions by Turner)

1809

In Tate Britain

Prints and Drawings Room

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Artist
Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775–1851
Medium
Graphite on paper
Dimensions
Support: 114 x 83 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition
Accepted by the nation as part of the Turner Bequest 1856
Reference
D07880
Turner Bequest CXIII 17

Catalogue entry

These verses were first transcribed by Jack Lindsay, and then by Rosalind Mallord Turner, whose reading is followed here:
From the wild [peat deleted, gorse inserted] on rushy moor
Whose humid ether holds her store
Course brackens high and blooming ling
From which the Moorcock plies his wing
Exalting calls his callow brood & race
And bids them call the wilds to trace
Oer bushy beacon soaring sails
The mountain stone with rapid gales
Beats, hard and swallows up the wind
That twilight imagining now dimmed
Gives every pool a fresh supply
That mantled with the blackest dye
Beneath whose dark ungental breast
The treacherous peat moss lake at rest
So gay so green so soft a bed
But who to them like deny to tread
This passage belongs to a longer poem about a shooting accident, for which see Introduction to the sketchbook and note to folio 13 verso (D07873). The ‘moorcock’ is a black grouse.
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David Blayney Brown
July 2009

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