HARRIET PRESCOTT SPOFFORD HANDWRITTEN POEM SIGNED, "Harriet Prescott Spofford", 5 x 8, by American writer of novels, poems and detective stories. In full: "Like the answer to some prayer/Crept a soft rustle on the air: up from the gardens stole a breeze Across the gilded lattices, And waved the perfumed fountains flow/Like shining ribbons to and fro; And sighed across the King's repose/The breath of jasmine and of rose, The fragrance of the falling fruit; And brought the tinkle of a lute, Brought the low sond, and brought the stir/of happy voices praising her/Who sang, and brought, recurring slow, A far faint cry, a wail of woe." In fine condition.
Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford (1835-1921) was an American writer of novels, poems and detective stories. One of the United States most widely-published authors, her career spanned more than six decades and included many literary genres, such as short stories, poems, novels, literary criticism, biographies, and memoirs.