ROSE HARTWICK THORPE - AUTOGRAPH QUOTATION SIGNED - HFSID 842
Sale Price $414.00
ROSE HARTWICK THORPE
She signs a portion of her 1867 poem "Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight!"
Autograph Quotation signed: "Rose Hartwick Thorpe", 1 page, 5½x5½. San Antonio, Texas, no date. In full: "She has reached the topmost ladder, o'er her hangs the great dark bell; Awful is the gloom beneath her, like the pathway down to hell. See! the ponderous tongue is swinging; 'tis the hour of curfew now, And the sight has chilled her bosom, stopped her breath, and paled her brow. Shall she let it ring? No, never! Her eyes flash with sudden light, As she springs, and grasps it firmly: "Curfew shall not ring to-night!"" Rose Hartwick Thorpe (1850-1939) was born in Mishawaka, Indiana. She is most famous for a poem she wrote in 1867, "The Curfew Must Not Ring Tonight." This poem, about a woman who prevents a bell from tolling until her imprisoned lover can receive a pardon from Oliver Cromwell, was said to be a favorite of Queen Victoria. It was put to music, and three silent films were based upon it. Normal mailing folds. Pencil note (unknown hand) at bottom right (not affecting signature). Otherwise, fine condition.
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