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Richardson, David Lester, 1801-1865.

"The shades of evening veil the lofty spires … " sonnet

after 1825

Descriptive Summary

Identification: MSS 099, F808

Creator: Richardson, David Lester, 1801-1865.

Title: "The shades of evening veil the lofty spires … " sonnet

Inclusive Dates: after 1825

Extent: 1 item (1 p.)

Abstract: Autograph manuscript of sonnet by David Lester Richardson.

Language: Materials entirely in English.


MSS 099, F808, "The shades of evening veil the lofty spires … " sonnet, Special Collections, University of Delaware Library, Newark, Delaware.

Shelving Summary

Shelved in SPEC MSS 099


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Purchase, July 2007.


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Biographical Note

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).

Scope and Content Note

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.

Selected Search Terms

Topical Terms
English poetry--History--20th century--Sources.
Poets, English--History--19th century--Sources.
Geographic Names
India--History--19th century--Sources.
Form/Genre Terms

Related Materials in this Repository

This item forms part of MSS 099 Miscellaneous Literary and Historical Manuscripts.

Detailed Contents List

"The shades of evening veil the lofty spires … " sonnet, after 1825   [Box 53 F808]

1 p.

Autograph manuscript.