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BOWRING (Sir John, 1792-1872)
BOWRING (Sir John, 1792-1872) An Autograph Letter Signed to "Hodges",  Concerning some words and music "I have sent off to Ledesma the three pieces of Music with words - I am tolerably satisfied with two of them - but not so with the third", he encloses the 4 verses of a stirring Hymn begining with the words "The evening sun's declining on Darro's gloomy wave", he finishes "I have been poor enough not to keep a copy of two - This is one-",  1836
2 sides, 4to. top left hand corner tear with minor loss not affecting text,
A great linguist, Bowring professed to know 200 languages and able to speak 100 fluently, classing him as one of the world's greatest Hyperglots. His study of European Folk Songs were published along with his Hymns early on in his career. His Ancient Poetry and Romances of Spain published in 1824, has echoes of Felicia Dorothea Hemans and Washington Irvings' Alhambra 1832. The verses here appear not to have been published, but from their date written during the First Carlist or Civil War (1833-39), refer to that conflict. "The evening sun's declining / On Darro's gloomy wave / And freedom's soul is pining / Upon our country's grave / O no ! the dawn is shining / Awake! awake ye brave. / The Torch of heav'n is lighted / The flame our guide shall be / To glory's strife invited / O're Forest, Field and Sea / And every bosom plighted / Oh liberty! to thee. / The glorious freedom - given / Thy plains Iberia ! fills - / For dreams the Guadalquivir / Morena, for the hills / And every rock and river - / With pardon's spirit thrills. / It burst the slavish tethers / which held it chain'd so long / We call upon our fathers / And freedom, bold & strong / Its mighty tide upgathers / In all the power of song" Bowring had a long and varied career. He is well known for his travels in the Far East as a diplomat, and his appointment as plenipotentiary to China and Governor and Commander-in-Chief of Hong Kong. His handling of hostilities with the Chinese in 1856, which contributed to the Second Opium War, withstood a vote of Censure with Palmerton's support.

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