WCP6635

Published letter (WCP6635.7683)

[1] [p. 178]

From Kington to this place1 we came

By many a spot2 of ancient fame,

But now of small renown,

O'er many a mountain3 dark and drear,

And vales whose groves the parting year

Had tinged with mellow brown;

And as the morning sun arose

New beauties round us to disclose,

We reached fair Brecon town;

Then crossed the Usk, my native stream4,

A river clear and bright,

Which showed a fair and much-lov'd scene

Unto my lingering sight.

Neath, Wales.
ARW travelled through "Hay and Brecon to Merthyr Tydvil, and thence by to Neath". See Wallace, A. R. 1905. My Life: A Record of Events and Opinions. 2 vols. London, UK: Chapman & Hall, Ltd. [vol.1, p. 178].
Probably the Brecon Beacons a mountain range in South Wales.
Usk River was in front of ARW's childhood home. See Wallace, A. R. 1905. My Life: A Record of Events and Opinions. 2 vols. London, UK: Chapman & Hall, Ltd. [vol.1, p. 23].

Please cite as “WCP6635,” in Beccaloni, G. W. (ed.), Ɛpsilon: The Alfred Russel Wallace Collection accessed on 22 September 2021, https://epsilon.ac.uk/view/wallace/letters/WCP6635