TENNYSON, Alfred, 1st Baron (1809-1892). Autograph manuscript signed ('A. Tennyson') of his poem, 'Early spring', comprising eight stanzas of six lines, written on both sides of the first leaf of a bifolium, on ivory paper, 1½ pages, folio, and on the verso of the 2nd leaf a brief autograph letter signed by Hallam Tennyson, addressed to 'Gentlemen', n.p., 12 March 1883, 3 lines in the upper portion of one page, folio (splits in margins at horizontal folds, old repairs on verso); in a red morocco-backed cloth case. Provenance: Jerome Kern (book label) -- purchased through James F. Drake, New York, 3 January 1939, $120.
A late and substantially revised version of an evocation of the renewal of life in spring, originally written in 1833, opening 'Once more the Heavenly Power Makes all things new And domes the red-plowed hills With loving blue ...'.
Hallam Tennyson informs his correspondents that his father has copied this 'new' poem for their 'Youth's Companion' (the Boston periodical in which it was first published on 13 December 1883). Both the earlier and the present version of the poem are given in The Works, ed. C. Ricketts (1987, vols I, 537, and III, 103-105). (2)