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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner: Havelock Ellis 2006.29/1
ArchiveNational English Literary Museum, Grahamstown
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter Date After Start: 1884 ; Before End: 1889
Address Fromna
Address To
Who ToHavelock Ellis
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The Project is grateful to the National English Literary Museum (NELM) for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscript Collections. This page, probably once attached to a letter, has no associated envelope or other means of dating it except that the writing seems to belong to Schreiner's mid-life.
1 1
2 8 Far away, where the tempest plays,
3 6 Over the dreary seas,
4 7 Sail on still with a steady will,
5 6 On-ward before the breeze.
7 2
8 9 On, onwards yet, still our hearts forget
9 7 The loves that we leave behind,
10 11 Till the memories dear ^that^ thrill in our ear
11 7 Flew past like the whistling wind.
13 3
14 7 Let them come, sweet thoughts of home
15 7 And voices we loved of old;
16 7 What care we that sail a sea
17 7 And bound for a land of gold!
19 4
20 10 Treasures there are that are lovelier far
21 8 Than the flash of a maiden's eye;
22 8 Jewels bright in the purple light
23 8 That crimsons the evening sky.
25 5
26 9 Crowns that gleam like a fairy dream,
27 6 Treasures of price untold -
28 9 And we are bound of that charméd ground
29 7 8 We sail for the land of gold.
31 I have written it out for you but it seems to be a funny irregular
32meter that no one could sing. I'm not sure at all that it is as it was
33in the book where I read it, I was such a little child & I may have
34made additions of my own. I'm so fond of it. Be sure you notice the
35accent over the "charmed"
37 O.S
The verse Schreiner quotes is W.E. Littlewood's poem 'The Land of Gold'.