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Record 17760

Reading Experience:

'The authorship of these beautiful verses has been most truculently fought about; but whoever wrote them (and it seems as if this Logan had) they are lovely. What time the pea puts on the bloom Though fliest the vocal vale, An annual guest, in other lands Another spring to hail. Sweet bird! thy bower is ever green, The sky is ever clear; Thou hast no sorrow in thy song, No winter in thy year. O could I fly, I'd fly with thee! We'd make on joyful wing Our annual visit o'er the globe, Companions of the spring.'
Century: 1850-1899
Date: 4 Oct 1873
Country: Scotland
Time: evening: 8 pm
Place: specific address: 17 Heriot Row, Edinburgh
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Robert Louis Stevenson
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth 13 Nov 1850
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: writer
Religion: atheist
Country of origin: Scotland
Country of experience: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Michael Bruce
Title: Ode to the Cuckoo
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 17760  
Source - Print  
  Author: Robert Louis Stevenson
  Editor: Bradford Booth
  Title: The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson
  Place of Publication: New Haven and London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: 1
  Page: 330
  Additional comments: additional editor Ernest Mehew. Letter to Frances Sitwell.

Citation: Robert Louis Stevenson, Bradford Booth (ed.), The Letters of Robert Louis Stevenson (New Haven and London, 1994), 1, p. 330,, accessed: 02 December 2023

Additional comments:

RLS believes the poem to have been written by John Logan (as does Arthur Quiller-Couch in The Oxford Book of English Verse and, but the footnote p 330 Booth/Mehew and also the Wikipedia entry on Michael Bruce attributes it to Bruce and that Logan appropriated it as his own. Hence RLS's comments about the authorship. For this RED entry I have attributed it to Bruce.



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