G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. CLIX D. Poems, mostly love poems to Frances C ... 

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G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. CLIX D. Poems, mostly love poems to Frances Chesterton, including some fair copies and fragments, and sketches; circa 1898. Text commences at both ends.

ff. ii+45. 195 x 154mm.

Contents:

1. ff. 1-2. Untitled poem beginning "White hair floating behind".

2. f. 4. Untitled poem beginning "Tear up the tree boughs, masterful".

3. ff. 6-7. 'The deluge'. See references at Add. 73343 C.

4. f. 8. 'A defiance'. A revised version of 'F. B.' in Add. 73305 A.

5. f. 9. 'The beatific vision'. See references at Add. 73243 A.

6. ff. 10-11. 'The unseen'. Five stanzas of a longer untitled poem in Add. 73305 A, ff. 121-122 (q.v.).

7. ff. 12-14. 'The mortal's answer'. Originally entitled 'Thieves'; published as 'The mortal answers' in Poems (1915). See also Add. 73305 A, 73343A, D, 73345 B.

8. ff. 15-16. 'The unpardonable sin'. See references at Add. 73243.

9. ff. 17-18. 'Words'. See also Add. 73345 B.

10. f. 19. 'Vanity'. See references at Add. 73243.

11. ff. 20-21. 'The crystal'. See references at Add. 73005 A.

12. f. 22. 'Joseph'. See references at Add. 73243 A.

13. ff. 23-24. 'A chord of colour'. See references at Add. 73243 A.

14. f. 25. 'A nunnery'. See also Add. 73305 A, ff. 82-83, 154.

15. ff. 27-28. 'Gladstone'. Published in C.W., vol. 10, p. 393. See also Add. 73345 B, 73481.

16. ff. 29-30. 'A rival'. Published in C.W., vol. 10, p. 162. See also Add. 73345 B.

17. f. 31. 'A spring song'. Published in C.W., vol. 10, p. 368.

18. f. 35v. 'The dancer'.

19. ff. 38-43v. 'Dedicated'. Several drafts in whole or in part; the poem was written, according to a note by Dorothy Collins on f. 44, later struck through and covered, in memory of Gertrude Blogg, sister of Frances Chesterton. The poem appears again in a volume of poems dedicated to Frances Chesterton (Add. 73345 B), being first published in abbreviated form in Return to Chesterton (1952), p. 31 and in C.W., vol. 10, p. 57. It shares much of its text with an unpublished poem 'A nunnery' (Add. 73305 A, f. 154 and above, see also Add. 73305 A, ff. 82-83).

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