G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. CXX B (ff. 117). Poems without titles, arrang ... 

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G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. CXX B (ff. 117). Poems without titles, arranged in order of the opening words of the text, followed by fragments. Mostly drafts, autograph unless otherwise stated.


1. ff. 1-2. "A voice from Leeds will rouse amain each prehistoric prehistorian"; 1926. Three stanzas. Two typewritten copies, one with autograph amendments. Published as 'Darwinians at play' in C.W., vol. 10, p. 432.

2. f. 3. "Alone, alone on the sunny world"; circa 1895. Three stanzas.

3. f. 5. "Armed with the message of the lips of God"; circa 1892. Seventeen lines, with other lines deleted. Probably a draft of 'St Francis Xavier'. See also Add. 73305 A, and Add. 73319 A for other drafts.

4. ff. 6-8. "Blue with the bloom of darkest grapes the night"; circa 1926. Twenty-two lines.

5. f. 9. "By influenza vanished by good ban" [i.e. "By influenza banished my good man"]; circa 1898. Four stanzas. Followed by "I can attest the wedding happened" on f. 9v.

6. f. 10. "Casements glimmer at sunset"; circa 1893. Five stanzas.

7. f. 11. "'Dust to dust' the old-world story curst us for our father's deed"; circa 1892. Eighteen lines.

8. ff. 12-13. "Earth is a prey of the hours"; circa 1892. Six stanzas. Published as 'Impermanence' in C.W., vol. 10, p. 54.

9. f. 14. "Far from the Player's Club but not in play"; 1926. Two stanzas. Typewritten copy of lines sent to Margaret Halford, Christmas 1926. Published as 'The Player's Club' in C.W., vol. 10, p. 312.

10. f. 15. "For the children is the challenge of the giant", inscribed "Duplicate of chorus for play"; circa 1910. Two stanzas. Typewritten copy. Published in C.W., vol. 10, p. 199.

11. f. 16. "From the crowd of the worldlings moulded in the image of mode & of power"; circa 1892. Twenty-two lines. A fuller version beginning "From the lips of the priestly fawners" is to be found in Add. 73320 A.

12. f. 17. "Go on ye gay, whose rotting sins are marked with a painted pride"; circa 1892. Six lines.

13. f. 19. "Here we bring in paper furled"; circa 1899. Eight lines.

14. ff. 20-21. "I know a monstrous city"; circa 1910. Eight stanzas.

15. f. 22. "If I could sing as you could sing"; circa 1895. Two stanzas. On a flyleaf cut from a book. Published as 'If I could sing' in C.W., vol. 10, p. 53.

16. f. 23. "If only the Princess Mary / Had worn the garb of a Guide"; circa 1930. Twenty lines. Typewritten copy of an original owned by Marjorie Biggs.

17. f. 24. "In the mystic hour of the evening in the low red of the west"; circa 1892. Twenty lines.

18. f. 26. "Into steep towers the storm is gathered in"; circa 1929. Two stanzas.

19. f. 27. "Leave to the proud Lamotte"; circa 1892. Eight lines. Followed by a fragment of an essay on craftsmanship on f. 28.

20. ff. 29-30. "Love is enough for the loving, love without self's alloy"; circa 1892. Ten stanzas. A fuller version is to be found in Add. 73320 A.

21. ff. 31-32. "Love, we have looked on many shows"; [1926]. Seven stanzas. Published in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 357-358.

22. f. 33. "Mother, shrewd of heart & tongue"; circa 1898. Seven stanzas and part of a line. Possibly the poem to seven women mentioned in Return to Chesterton, p. 38. Reworked as an untitled poem on his friends, see Add. 73348, ff. 107-109, and as 'The legend of the good women', see Add. 73345 B. With a copy of Unwin's Literary Notes for 9 Aug. 1898 on the verso, possibly written by Chesterton.

23. ff. 34-34*v. "Not often I linger as now, for weeping is not for me"; circa 1892. Six stanzas.

24. ff. 35-36. "On an undiscovered island / Lives an Economical Man"; circa 1895. Five stanzas. Published as 'Economics' in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 433-434.

25. f. 37. "Search in the boxes: where close pressed"; 1931. Four lines, annotated by Dorothy Collins that this was written to her at Los Angeles when Chesterton's evening suits could not be found.

26. ff. 38-43v. Sketches, among which are four lines beginning "Set the sun beside the moon"; circa 1895.

27. f. 44. "Shade of high shame and honourable blindness"; circa 1919. Three stanzas. Published as 'True lovers' in C.W., vol. 10, p. 374, and revised as 'A wedding in war-time', published in The Eye-Witness, vol. 14, no. 339 (2 May 1919), p. 11.

28. f. 45. "She was doubly distinct"; circa 1927. Four lines on an illustrated card.

29. ff. 46-47v. "Sing of the Great Lord Archibald"; 1885. Six stanzas. Published as 'The Great Lord Archibald' in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 44-45.

30. ff. 48-50. "So careful of the type she seems"; 1932. Five stanzas. Autograph, copying the original inscription by Chesterton in Dorothy Collins's copy of Chesterton's Christendom in Dublin, with a photocopy of the frontispiece of The Spice of Life (1964) showing the original inscription. Also published as 'To Dorothy — on her birthday — with love' in C.W., vol. 10, p. 322.

31. ff. 51-52v. "Sweet Jonathan's wont was to say"; circa 1892. Forty-two lines.

32. ff. 53-54. "The clotted woods are dim: the day"; circa 1917. Four stanzas. Part of the poem 'Warsash, 1917' in Add. 57983 C, ff. 34-36.

33. f. 55. "The golden leaves of autumn drift deep over valleys"; circa 1892. Four lines. With chapter headings for the story 'Prince Lucio' on the verso.

34. ff. 56-58. "The king sat lonely in the tower"; circa 1890. Eleven stanzas. Published as 'The king of day' in The G. K. Chesterton Quarterly, no. 8 (Autumn 1998), p. 15.

35. f. 59. "The little fields of green & gold"; circa 1895. Three stanzas. Published as 'Green leaves' in C.W., vol. 10, p. 217 (see also 'World lover' at Add. 73333 B).

36. f. 60. "The little sardines of the tin"; circa 1904. Six lines. Headed "Briton or Boer" and "Sardines". Published in M. Ffinch, op. cit., p. 83 and as 'Kruger' in C.W., vol. 10, p. 59.

37. ff. 61-62v. "The red sun glimmered low"; circa 1892. Seven stanzas. Followed (ff. 62-62v) by seven stanzas of an untitled poem, "Stricken to death".

38. f. 63. "Then I turned into a palace, where in spangled bowers secluded"; circa 1892. Three stanzas.

39. ff. 65-68. "Then spake the journalist as one that dreams"; circa 1917. Eleven stanzas and fragmentary verses. Drafts for 'Fragment (from Tennyson's "Idylls of the Queen", "The passing of Freda")' of which the fair copy is at Add. 57983 C, f. 16.

40. ff. 69-70v. "Through the city, through the highways went the artist"; circa 1892. Fifty-two lines. A continuation of 'Leonardo da Vinci' in Add. 73321 C. Published in The G. K. Chesterton Quarterly, no. 7 (Summer 1998), p. 15.

41. ff. 71-72. "To be another, his race to run"; circa 1893. Nine stanzas. Typewritten copy, with imperfect autograph which includes stanzas 3, 4, 7 and 8.

42. f. 73. "To horse, to horse & away lads, the frost is white & hoar"; circa 1891. Fifty-two lines.

43. f. 75. "To the speed and to the stooping of the eagles"; n.d. Two stanzas. Typewritten copy.

44. f. 76. "We set our feet on the necks of kings"; n.d. Two stanzas. Typewritten copy of verse written in a copy of John Ruskin, The Seven Lamps of Architecture (1894).

45. f. 77. "Weicht zacht gemeine herren geuze zein"; circa 1897. Two stanzas. Published as 'On himself' in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 457-458.

46. f. 78. "What, Enid, was your soul's mystic hour?"; circa 1926. Four stanzas. Typewritten copy. Published as 'Enid, an invitation' in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 274-275.

47. f. 79. "When Earth and all her seers were sad"; n.d. Four stanzas. Typewritten copy of verses written in 1894 in Chesterton's copy of R. L. Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, now at the G. K. Chesterton Library, Plater College, Oxford. Published as 'The child' in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 198-199.

48. ff. 80-81. "When folk shall find, as it is fated", with an explanatory note; 1921. Ten lines.

49. f. 82. "Whence are thou come o flower"; circa 1892. Four lines.

50. f. 83. "Where suns & stars like lamps that burn, encircle the space untrod"; circa 1892. Three stanzas.

51. f. 84. "Whether you walked by wastes of upland green"; n.d. Eight stanzas. Autograph (?).

52. ff. 85-86v. "Who in the mirror would his features scan"; circa 1892. Three stanzas.

53. f. 87. "Ye have made him a God in your shrine"; circa 1890. Three stanzas.

54. ff. 89-90v. "You are the man that is marked with a star"; circa 1899. Eleven stanzas. The final six stanzas published as 'Chosen' in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 343-344.

55. ff. 91-93. "You will hear many tales"; n.d. Three stanzas. Typewritten copies, annotated by Dorothy Collins as "discarded & unfinished verses".

56. ff. 94-117. Fragments of poems; circa 1891 - circa 1910. Includes (f. 99) the third stanza and envoi of a ballade in French with the refrain "Qu'elle est heureuse cette Madame Boore", which is published as 'Cyrano allez aux chiens' in C.W., vol. 10, p. 431.


  • ff. 37, 93-95 Dorothy Edith Collins, secretary to G K Chesterton: Amendments and corrections to articles, etc., by G. K. Chesterton, prepared for publication by Dorothy Edith Collins: [1923-1975]: Autogr.

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