[ Poetry of the Victorian Raj. ] Printed leaflet . Poem titled 'A Member of Council's Farewell to Simla'.

[ Simla, summer capital of the Raj; British India; Indian ] [ Sir John David Rees (1854-1922), colonial administrator and author ]
Publication details: 
[ Simla, India. ] 'October 1895.'
SKU: 20115

2pp., 4to. On the first leaf of a bifolium. In fair condition, lightly aged, with the first page carrying some minor offsetting of black ink from a letter, and the recto of the blank second leaf bearing traces of mount. A poem of 52 lines, arranged in 13 quatrains. A gently humorous valediction. The first stanza reads: 'Farewell to thee, Simla! Yes, farewell for ever! | No more shall I sit in thy Council of State, | Where, if we were not all remarkably clever, | We at least, from force of position, were great.' The poem contains references to 'the Viceregal Lodge', 'Snowdon's new supper room, built by the State', 'Barnes Court', 'Annandale's green', 'Jakko', 'the Downs' 'Sipi', 'Cox's', 'dear Mashobra!', 'Naldera' and 'the swift running Sutlej's flow'. From the papers of Sir J. D. Rees. No other copy traced, either on OCLC WorldCat or on COPAC.