IrelandWhere'er I am, whate'er I be, / Dear ERIN! I'll remember thee: / In the glad hour of holy mirth, / I'll praise the Lord of heaven and earth [...] Charlotte Elizabeth.
Rare letterpress printed in gold, sheet 155 x 115mm (6 x 4½").
Verses by Charlotte Elizabeth Tonna (née Browne, 1790-1846), writer and social reformer. Born in Norwich, Charlotte Elizabeth married an army officer and accompanied him to his estate in Ireland. As the DNB states, 'she developed a sincere affection for the Irish people but at the same time grew increasingly severe and evangelical in her religious convictions [...] her stay in Ireland had only intensified her antipathy towards the Catholic church, since she saw it as the means by which the Irish people were enslaved in ignorance and superstition'. Both Charlotte Elizabeth's love of Ireland and contempt for Catholicism are in evidence in this poem. In 1824 Charlotte Elizabeth separated from her first husband and returned to England, and left a legacy of many literary works engaging with social reform issues, which after a period of neglect have recently been rediscovered thanks to increasing interest in women's literature.
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