American actor and author (1791–1852) who achieved theatrical success in London, best remembered as the creator of the song ‘Home! Sweet Home!’ in 1822. Highly desirable autograph lyrics to his song ‘Home! Sweet Home!,’ one page, 7.75 x 10, signed and inscribed at the conclusion, “To my friend Miss Alice Stetson, John Howard Payne, Washington Aug: 6, 1850,” In full: “Home, Home! Sweet, Sweet Home! / ‘Mid pleasures & palaces though we may roam / Be it ever so humble, there’s no place like Home! / A charm from the sky seems to hallow us there / Which, seek through the world, is ne’er met with elsewhere! / An exile from Home, splendour dazzles in vain!— / Oh, give me my lowly thatch’d cottage again!— / —The birds singing gaily, that come at my call— / Give me them!—and the peace of mind dearer then [sic] all! / Home, home! Sweet, Sweet Home! / There’s no place like Home! / There’s no place like Home!” Includes a gorgeous custom-made blue leather presentation folder, which opens to display an early American printing of the sheet music and an engraving of Payne alongside the manuscript. Partial edge separations to mailing folds, a couple small edge tears, and scattered soiling, otherwise fine condition. This piece was previously held in the collections of Marjorie Wiggin Prescott, daughter of banker Albert Wiggin, Chairman of Chase National Bank; New Orleans property tycoon Harry Spiro; and Marshall B. Coyne, proprietor of the renowned Madison Hotel in Washington, DC. This song became widely popular throughout the English-speaking world, and has had a lasting influence—it was incorporated into a number of operas and other musical compositions, became a favorite of homesick soldiers during the Civil War, and has appeared in classic films such as The Wizard of Oz, Meet Me in St. Louis, and Lady and the Tramp. A simply fabulous piece. It was also a favorite of Abraham Lincoln, for whom Adelina Patti performed it at the White House in 1862. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA and RR Auction COA.
John Howard Payne Autograph lyrics