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William Cullen Bryant Autograph Manuscript Signed for 'Thanatopsis'

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Rare handwritten stanza from Bryant's oft-anthologized 'Thanatopsis'—"Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch / about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams"

AMS signed "W. C. Bryant," one page, 6.75 x 8.5, January 21, 1851. Bryant pens the final stanza of his great poem 'Thanatopsis,' in full:

"So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan, which moves
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of Death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."

In fine condition. Accompanied by an engraved portrait of Bryant featuring a facsimile signature.

William Cullen Bryant's much-anthologized 'Thanatopsis,' a meditative exploration of death and nature, has inspired generations of poets and thinkers, shaping the Romantic movement in America and influencing subsequent literary movements. Its enduring themes of mortality, the interconnectedness of humanity and nature, and the acceptance of death continue to resonate with readers, ensuring its place as a timeless masterpiece in the canon of American poetry.

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Description

Rare handwritten stanza from Bryant's oft-anthologized 'Thanatopsis'—"Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch / about him, and lies down to pleasant dreams"

AMS signed "W. C. Bryant," one page, 6.75 x 8.5, January 21, 1851. Bryant pens the final stanza of his great poem 'Thanatopsis,' in full:

"So live, that when thy summons comes to join
The innumerable caravan, which moves
To that mysterious realm, where each shall take
His chamber in the silent halls of Death,
Thou go not, like the quarry-slave at night,
Scourged to his dungeon, but sustained and soothed
By an unfaltering trust, approach thy grave,
Like one who wraps the drapery of his couch
About him, and lies down to pleasant dreams."

In fine condition. Accompanied by an engraved portrait of Bryant featuring a facsimile signature.

William Cullen Bryant's much-anthologized 'Thanatopsis,' a meditative exploration of death and nature, has inspired generations of poets and thinkers, shaping the Romantic movement in America and influencing subsequent literary movements. Its enduring themes of mortality, the interconnectedness of humanity and nature, and the acceptance of death continue to resonate with readers, ensuring its place as a timeless masterpiece in the canon of American poetry.

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