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Thomas Chatterton 1752 - 1770 Poet and Writer born in Bristol England who found international fame after his early and untimely death at 17 years 277 days.
Quote from Thomas Chatterton:
"God has sent his creatures into the world with arms long enough to reach anywhere if they could be put to the trouble of extending them."
Thomas Chatterton 1765
Painter Henrietta Ward 1873
A fictional image of Chatterton working in his attic study on the "Thomas Rowley" poems
© Bristol's Museums, Galleries and Archives
The painting is on display at MShed Museum & Gallery Bristol England
An extract from one of Chatterton's modern poems:
'The Death of Nicou, an African Eclogue.'
On Tiber's banks, Tiber, whose waters glide
In slow meanders down to Gaigra's side;
And circling all the horrid mountain round,
Rushes impetuous to the deep profound;
Rolls o'er the ragged rocks with hideous yell;
Collects its waves beneath the earth's vast shell:
There for a while, in loud confusion hurl'd,
It crumbles mountains down and shakes the world.
Till born upon the pinions of the air,
Through the rent earth, the bursting waves appear;
Fiercely propell'd the whiten'd billows rise,
Break from the cavern, and ascend the skies:
Then lost and conquer'd by superior force,
Thro' hot Arabia holds its rapid course.
On Tiber's banks, where scarlet jasmines bloom,
And purple aloes shed a rich perfume:
Where, when the sun is melting in his heat,
The reeking tygers find a cool retreat;
Bask in the sedges, lose the sultry beam,
And wanton with their shadows in the stream,
. . . . (cont'd)
Recitation: Malcolm Grieve, Actor
Broadcast: Dialect Radio, Bristol UK
Go to FURTHER PAGES: RECITATIONS
for more recitations of Chatterton including 'Thomas Rowley'.
Chatterton's 'Rowley's Account of Bristol Artists and Writers'
The left hand figure shows a Chatterton 'Rowley' parchment. The right hand figure shows the parchment in printed form.
Source: British Library