James Montgomery [1771-1854] Scottish poet, who made his home in Sheffield. Unpublished poem. 1 page quarto, dated 'The Mount, Sheffield, September 19 1850'. 'On Receiving a Golden Pen, the Gift of a Friend' This pen may bring with black and white Secrets of darkness into light Which minds can think or tongues express In all earth's Babel languages -Know Ye who take the same in hand, 'Tis no slight weapon to command; An instrument cut for good or ill, Of power to quicken or to kill; The poem continues in ten more lines, and one point making reference to Milton's Paradise Lost [where Montgomery adds an annotation to explain the reference]. Good condition, touch of paper residue at top edge verso where removed from an album page. Included is a single page, small octavo size copy of his hymn lyric in his own hand signed and dated 'The Mount, Sheffield, September 19 1850'. The Mount was his home from 1835 until his death in 1854. A deeply religious man he is remembered for his hymn lyrics rather than his poetry. This lyric 'Come to the Morning Prayer' appeared in the Evangelical Magazine in 1842. Intriguingly the second line in the foruth stanza appears here to be different from most published versions, reading 'Oh! It's sweet to say' rather than the more usual 'Let each in spirit say' Two items.
Author James Montgomery [1771-1854] Scottish poet, who made his home in Sheffield.
Binding no binding
Condition Very good