Lot #504
Charles Lamb Signed Handwritten Acrostic Poem

Handwritten acrostic poem from Lamb—"To Sarah James of Beguildy"
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Estimate: $500+


Handwritten acrostic poem from Lamb—"To Sarah James of Beguildy"

Exceptional handwritten acrostic poem by Charles Lamb, who signs at the bottom, “Ch’s Lamb, Enfield, 16 Apr. 1831.” The four-stanza poem, one page, 7.25 x 9, is headed “Acrostic” at the top and, accordingly, spells out the recipient, “To Sarah James of Beguildy,” with the first letter of each successive line. The poem reads: “Sleep hath treasures worth retracing / Are you not in slumbers pacing / Round your native spot at times / And seem to hear Beguildy's chimes? / Hold the airy vision fast; Joy is but a dream at last / And what was so fugitive / Memory only makes to live / Even from troubles past we borrow / Some thoughts that may lighten sorrow / Onwards as we pace through life / Fainting under care or strife / By the magic of a thought / Every object back is brought / Gayer than it was when real / Under influence ideal / In remembrance as a glass / Let your happy childhood pass; / Dreaming so in fancy's spells / You still shall hear those old Church Bells.” Professionally inlaid into a slightly larger sheet. In very good to fine condition, with light creasing, toning, and soiling.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts, Ft. Art and Literature
  • Dates: #610 - Ended June 16, 2021

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