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William Cullen Bryant Lovely AQS from "Consumption"

1p autograph quotation beautifully inscribed overall by American poet William Cullen Bryant (1794-1878), and signed by him as "Wm Cullen Bryant" at center. Dated July 12, 1860. On watermarked cream laid paper. Expected light wear, else pristine. 6.75" x 8.75".

The excerpt is the third quatrain from Bryant's 14-line poem "Consumption", describing a woman dying of tuberculosis. Bryant witnessed the death of his father, Peter Bryant, to tuberculosis in 1820. This highly communicable "wasting" disease was extremely common in early America.

In full: "'Glide softly to thy rest, then: Death should come Gently to one of gentle mould like thee, As light winds, wandering through glens of bloom, Detach the delicate blossom from the tree.' Wm Cullen Bryant. July 12th 1860. - ".

Bryant's melancholy but peaceful views on death and dying in "Consumption" resemble the spirit of his most famous poem "Thanatopsis", published in 1817, in which the poet compares dying to laying down on a couch for a nap. The Romantic poet was also a lawyer, translator, and longtime editor and co-owner of the New York Evening Post.

This item comes with a Certificate from John Reznikoff, a premier authenticator for both major 3rd party authentication services, PSA and JSA (James Spence Authentications), as well as numerous auction houses.

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