Turner Bequest CLXIX 1a
Inscribed by Turner in pencil (see main catalogue entry)
Part watermark ‘atman | y Mills | 17’
In Summer reign enlarged Autumns gleams
Her [?golden] beauty [... ?Sheen]
Of Glassy Thames by any graces beams
[?Wake ...] spurns the Queen
Of [?sleeping] honor, [? ‘so’ or ‘to’] the wide spread scene
[...] thy beauties as thy rising hills
To the ex[...] of [?extra] vastness fills
To [... ?hight] <...> [...] groves
[...] by O[...]
from the long [...] of T[...] B[...] hight
The choice perplexes. Wherefore should we chuse [sic]?
All is the same with thee. Say, shall we wind
Along the streams? or walk the smiling mead?
Or court the forest-glades? or wander wild
Among the waving harvests? or ascend,
While radiant Summer opens all its pride,
Thy Hill, delightful Shene?
How to cite
Matthew Imms, ‘Inscription by Turner: Notes and a Draft of Poetry c.1819 by Joseph Mallord William Turner’, catalogue entry, September 2013, in David Blayney Brown (ed.), J.M.W. Turner: Sketchbooks, Drawings and Watercolours, Tate Research Publication, September 2014, https://www