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The shades of evening veil the lofty spires … : sonnet


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Englishman David Lester Richardson (1801-1865) served in the East India Company's Bengal army when he began to write poetry. Due to health concerns, Richardson returned to England in 1824. There he published several poetry volumes and founded the

London Weekly Review. He returned to India in 1829, soon retiring from the military and holding a variety of education-related posts. Richardson continued to publish during the next two decades. He left India for the last time in 1861, returning to England where he served as editor of the Court Circular and Allen's Indian Mail. Richardson's poems are often incorporate Indian themes. He is also known (and occasionally criticized) for the lengthy notes which often accompany his poems.

G. S. Boulger, "Richardson, David Lester (bap. 1801, d. 1865)," rev. Rebecca Mills, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography. (accessed August, 15 2007).

Autograph manuscript of a sonnet by David Lester Richardson which begins: "The shades of evening veil the lofty spires … ." Richardson adds that the poem was "Written at Benares, in the East Indies." He includes a lengthy note explaining that the poem references an Indian custom whereby a woman will float a lamp into the Ganges to learn the fate of a missing lover.

Box 53, F0808: Shelved in SPEC MSS 0099 manuscript boxes.

Purchase, July 2007.

Processed and encoded by Jaime Margalotti, August 2007. Further encoded by George Apodaca, October 2015.

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University of Delaware Library, Special Collections
Finding Aid Date
2007 August 15
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"The shades of evening veil the lofty spires … " sonnet, after 1825.
Box 53 Folder F0808
Scope and Contents

Autograph manuscript.

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1 p.

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