Diary of a Resurrectionist, Wednesday 18th December 1811

Wednesday 18th.

At Home all day & do. night.

Remember me when far away I jou__y (oer?)

This last could well be a scrap of a contemporary popular ballad (ie; a song lyric). You can’t quite see the end of the phrase clearly on the manuscript, but ‘I jou’ are clear on the left hand leaf and the opposite leaf has a clear ‘y’ on it’s very left margin in a line with the opposite text.

The ballad in question is called Remember Me;

Remember Me
A Ballad

Remember me, when, far away,
I journey through the world’s wide waste;
Remember me at early day,
Or when the evening shadows haste.
When high the pensive moon appears,
And night, with all her starry tain,
Gives rest to human hopes and fears;
Remember, I alone complain.

Remember me, whene’er you sigh
Be it at midnight’s silent hour;
Remember me, and think that I
Return thy sigh, and feel it’s pow’r.
Whene’er you think on those away,
Or whn you bend the pious knee,
Or when your thoughts to pleasure stray,
O then, dear Maid, remember me!*

*this song, set to music, may be had of G Walker, music seller, 106 Great Portland Street, price 1s.

From ‘Don Raphael a Romance’, by George Walker
author of The Three Spaniards, Vagabond, Poems etc in 3 volumes, Vol 2
printed for G Walker, bookseller. 106 Great Portland Street; 1808

(The G Walker who sold music and books is the same as the author of the novel)

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About theresurrectionists

My name is Kirsty Chilton. I am a Medical Historian working in London and relentlessly searching for the body snatchers of 18th and 19th century London. Currently, the content of this blog is a personal project to repost and comment on the diary of 19th century Resurrectionist Joseph Naples 200 years from the time it was written.
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