A Vision of the Mermaids
In 1929, the Oxford University Press printed, for the first time in full, Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “A Vision of the Mermaids,” written on Christmas day of 1862. The poem had been partially printed in A H. Miles’ Poets and Poetry of the Nineteenth Century: Robert Bridges and Contemporary Poets and in the Notes to the Poems of Gerard Manley Hopkins edited by Robert Bridges in 1918.
Hopkins was a British poet and Jesuit priest. This volume is the 157th copy of 250 from a limited edition printing, and is made of a facsimile manuscript complete with an illustration by the author.
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