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Songs of Seven, Jean Ingelow, 1881

 Jean Ingelow, 1820-1897, Songs of seven, Boston, 1881.
    Jean Ingelow (1820-1897)


     Jean Ingelow life, history and poetry
       Jean Ingelow was born at Boston, Lincolnshire in England on March 17th, 1820. She was the daughter of William Ingelow, a banker. As a young girl she had many verses and tales published in magazines under the pen-name Orris. Her first volume, A Rhyming Chronicle of incidents and Feelings, was published anonymously when she was thirteen.

Her next publication was not until 1851, when she put out Allerton and Dreux. However, her fame did not occur until her publication of Poems in 1863. Poems went through numerous editions and were set to music. In America they obtained even greater acclaim.

In 1867 her publication of The Story of Doom and other Poems was one of her last poetic attempts until 1885 when her third series of Poems came out. Between her poetry publications were numerous novels, Off the Skelligs (1872) and John Jerome (1886) to name a few.

Ingelow's poetry and songs were some of the most successful of the day. However, her style is often ridiculed.

     Jean Ingelow died July 20th, 1897 and was buried in Brompton cemetery, London.

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                                         Jean Ingelow, 1904.                                                                                               Elliott & Fry, Jean Ingelow, c. 1860s.
   Fonte / Source: Edward Everett Hale, The Hawthorne Readers, Book 4, 1904.

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 «It is not reason which makes faith hard, but life.»



A Rhyming Chronicle of Incidents and Feelings, 1850;
Allerton and Dreux, 1851;
Tales of Orris, 1860 (mostly repeated in Stories Told to a Child - 1865);
Poems, with 4th edition in same year, 1863 (illustrated by Pinwell, Poynter, and
others, 1866);
Studies for Stories, 1864 (5th edition, 1868);
Stories Told to a Child, 1865; another edition, 1892;
A Story of Doom, and other Poems, 1867;
A Sister's Bye-Hours, 1868;
Mopsa the Fairy, 1869 (another edition, 1871);
The Monitions of the Unseen and Poems of Love and Childhood (1870)
Off the Skelligs, 1872 (2nd edition, 1879);
Fated to be Free, 1873 (2nd edition, 1875; other editions, 1876, 1879);
Poems, 2nd series, 1876;
One Hundred Holy Songs, Carols, and Sacred Ballads: Original, and Suitable for
Music (Longmans, Green & Co., London, 1878—published unattributed);
Poems, new edition in 2 vols. (Vol. I, from 23rd edition, Vol. II. from 6th edition,
Sarah de Berenger, 1879 (other editions, 1880 - also in Good Words, 1886);
Don John: a story, 1881 (another edition, 1881);
High-Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire (1571), 1883;
Poems of the Old Days and the New, 1885;
John Jerome, 1886;
Lyrical and other Poems selected from the Writings of J. I., 1886;
The Little Wonder-Box, 1887;
Very Young, and Quite Another Story, 1890;
Selections, edited by Mackenzie Bell (Poets and Poetry of the Century), 1892;

A Motto Changed; or, a Little Less than Kin and more of Kind. A Novel. New-York:
Harper & Brothers, 1893.
The Old Man's Prayer, 1895;
Poetical Works of Jean Ingelow, 1898 and 1902;
Poems (Muses' Library), 1906;
Poems, with an Introduction by Alice Meynell (Red Letter Library), 1908;
Poems, selected and arranged by Andrew Lang (Longman's Pocket Library), 1908.

LIFE: Short biography in 'Poets and Poetry of the Century' edition of Poems, by Mackenzie Bell, 1892; some 'Recollections of Jean Ingelow and her Early Friends', 1901. Maureen Peters 'Jean Ingelow, Victorian Poetess' (Rowan and Littlefield, 1972).

 Fonte / source: Gerald Massey

A Souvenir of Jean Ingelow, 1891

Jean Ingelow, 1820-1897 - A souvenir of Jean Ingelow, illustrations by William Goodrich Beal, Boston, 1891. 
 «Within ten years after she came into the public eye, the sale of her poems in America, alone, reached 93,000 and her volumes of poems a sale of 35,000.»
  •      «Man is the miracle in nature. God Is the One Miracle to man.»
  •      «A healthful hunger for a great idea is the beauty and blessedness of life.»
  •      «The moon looks upon many night flowers; the night flowers see but one moon.»
  •      «It is not reason which makes faith hard, but life.»
  •      «Reign, and keep life in this our deep desire
         Our only greatness is that we aspire.»
  •      «But two are walking apart forever
         And wave their hands for a mute farewell.»
  •     « Man dwells apart, though not alone,
         He walks among his peers unread;
         The best of thoughts which he hath known
         For lack of listeners are not said.»
  •      «All night, all day, He waits sublime,
         Until the fulness of the time
         Decreed from His eternity.»
Autograph Letter Signed ‘Jean Ingelow’‚ to Mrs. Palgrave‚
 inviting her and her husband and daughter to dine “to meet a few friends”.
1½ pages‚ 6 x 4 inches‚ in good condition. 15 Holland Street‚ undated. 1869.
Casa de Jean Ingelow, em Boston. Em vez de ser criada uma Casa-Museu, o imóvel foi demolido dando lugar a uma lixeira.
The Snow Lies White
Words by Jean Ingelow.
Sung by Sims Reeves.
Published by Boosey & Co., 1868.

The song was sung at the Gloucester Musical Festival of 1868 by Sims Reeves, accompanied by Sullivan. The Times reported that it obtained a genuine and well-deserved success and continued "The song was found charming, the singing perfect; and to decline the "encore" which followed would have been ungracious; so that once more the enemy of encores had to make an exception to what few will be disposed to deny is a "golden rule".

The snow lies white and the moon gives light

I'll out to the freezing mere,
And ease my heart with one little song,
For none will be nigh to hear
For none will be nigh to hear.
And it's O my love, my love!
And it's O my dear, my dear!
It's of her that I'll sing till the wild woods ring,
When nobody's nigh to hear.
It's of her that I'll sing till the wild woods ring,
When nobody's nigh to hear.

My love is young, she is young, is young,
When she laughs the dimple dips;
We walk'd in the wind, and her long locks blew
Till sweetly they touch'd my lips,
Till sweetly they touch'd my lips.
And I'll out to the freezing mere,
Where the stiff reeds whistle so low,
And I'll tell my mind to the friendly wind
Because I have lov'd her so-
Because I have lov'd her so-

Ay, and she's true, my lady is true!
And that's the best of it all;
And when she blushes my heart so yearns
That tears are ready to fall
Tears are ready to fall.
And it's O my love, my love!
And it's O my dear, my dear!
It's of her that I sing till the wild woods ring,
When nobody's nigh to hear
It's of her that I sing till the wild woods ring,
When nobody's nigh to hear.

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JEAN INGELOW (1820-1897)
Ipswich, 2 Elm Street

One of the most celebrated authors in Victorian times, Jean Ingelow's fame declined to almost nothing during the 20th century, although there is still a Jean Ingelow Society in America. However, she was one of the best selling authors from 1850 until her death and was highly regarded by such eminent authors as Tennyson and Ruskin.

Her work included poetry (the best known of which was A High Tide on the Coast of Lincolnshire, still widely anthologised in the mid-20th century), children's stories and novels, such as Off the Skelligs (most of which is still very readable).

Born in Lincolnshire, she moved to Ipswich, aged 14, when her father became manager of the Ipswich and Suffolk Banking Company in Elm Street. Living here for ten years in the spacious first floor rooms over the bank she began her first experiments as a writer. After the bank failed and the family moved out, the arch was created and Arcade Street was built on the site of the Ingelows' garden.

Fonte / source: The Ipswich Society