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    Julia Ward Howe Autograph Manuscript Signed in full. Two pages, 8" x 10", no place, no date. An author best remembered for "The Battle Hymn of the Republic", she was also a suffragette, dramatist, poet, and biographer. Offered here is an autograph poem signed at the conclusion. The poem, entitled "In Cologne Cathedral" reads in full: "I felt the glories of the ancient shrine / Wrap me about with harmonies divine / The childlike faith, the earnest sacrifice, / The inspiration of the truly wise. / Here missing souls for centuries have prayed, / Here hath man's bleeding heart...made, / What throngs devout, what aspirations vast / People the dreamy regions of the Past! / But now, the splendors of the later thought / Break on my dream, deliverance dearly bought / By martyr spirits that could waste and burn / With pangs enforced, our liberties to earn. / Above the mass-bell the clear sentence rings, / Above the incense soar the angel's wings / And for the mystic sentence hid in light, /I see uprise the prophet's brow of might / Chiding us human children from our toys, / Meeting our tasks out with unflinching voice / Oh! Holy Past - oh Future, dear to me; /I stand between in God's eternity." There are corrections over several words, indicating this was a draft of the final poem and not a commemorative copy. The paper has minor stains that affects nothing, and it is in fine condition overall with dark ink and a bold signature.

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    April, 2007
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