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The Oceanides, Edited by Judith Pascoe

 

Rev. B. Bailey, Poetical Sketches of the Interior of the Island of Ceylon. Columbo: printed at the Herald Press, 1841

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inscribed by the author to Mr. Nelson Coleridge in 1857

It has penned in "author of ‘Poetical Sketches of the South of France.’ on title page

The preface says that stanzas in the first part appeared in the Ceylon Magazine from Sept. 1840 to Feb. 1841


XXIII p. 23
Antiquities


Away with the dull Antiquary’s skill,
To read and write down vainly in a book
Inscriptions on a rude leaf or a rock!
I leave it to the glory of the quill
Plucked from the goose’s wing. I would be still,
And lone upon these heights, and downward look
Into the deep seclusion of a nook
Where footfall scarce hath been. From every hill
I rather would converse with each rude feature
Of this drear waste of wildness than perform
The mightiest feats of that moth-eaten creature,
Who sojourns with the spider and the worm.
Give me one wild flower, from thy breast, dear Nature!
I would be thine, though cradled by the storm.

note to poem LII, "Conclusion. Written in the Ceylon Almanac of 1834"

p. 36 note:
The title of the Ceylon Almanac, for 1834, is "A Compendium of useful information." Hence I have termed it "this most common book in ‘useful’ form."
I now conclude this first Part of Poetical Sketches of the Interior of Ceylon,—written chiefly on the very spots,—or immediately after I had witnessed, or been upon them. It was strictly and solely for my own amusement. But the pleasing task grew under my hands. In 1834 I also visited Ouva and Wallapane; and again in 1835, when I went over,—and slept, on the top of the Idalgasheene Pass,—into Saffragam, and ascended Adam’s Peak. This forms the Second Part of these Sketches,—with full descriptive notes. A third part comprises my excursions into these beautiful Kandian Provinces in 1836 and 1838.



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November 2003

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