Katharine Lee Bates Autograph Poem Signed Autograph Manuscript Signed, of her poem "To The Old Year," delivered at a Wellesley College Address, 1 page, 7" by 6", Wellesley, Massachusetts, no date. Some wear and very slight discoloration at top; a tiny pencil note at bottom else fine. Best known for her patriotic lyric, "America the Beautiful," Bates was primarily a poet and an educator, serving for many years as the chair of the English department and dean of - the then new - Wellesley College. These verses, delivered at a Wellesley address, combine to represent her life's most significant work. In full: "Auf Wiedersehen! For we shall meet before / The Throne of God. The drifting snows confuse / The foot-prints. Down the echoing wind I lose / Thy voice. So be it. We shall meet once more. / When from the grave of Time thou com'st again / To front my soul in Judgment, witness bear / To error, failure, sin: but oh, my prayer / My strife forget not! Auf Wiedersehen." From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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