Scope and Content

G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. CXX A (ff. 235). Poems with titles.

Contents:

1. ff. 1-2. 'Ad amicos'; 1930. Typewritten, with amendments and signed. Published in Return to Chesterton, p. 120 and in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 266-267.

2. ff. 3-4. Two copies of 'After reading a book of modern verse'; circa 1897. Typewritten copy from text in a private collection. Published in C.W., vol. 10, p. 495. Another version of 'Humanity' and 'Inscription in "Poems and ballads"', see ff. 105, 114-116 below and Add. 73347 E.

3. f. 5. 'Apocalypse'; circa 1896. Published in C.W., vol. 10., p. 191, with a facsimile.

4. ff. 6-8. 'An apology'; circa 1933. With a drawing and preface headed 'St Dorothy of Ashtead', and a typewritten copy with an explanation of the occasion for its composition by Dorothy Collins. Published in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 268-269.

5. ff. 9-11. 'The artist'; circa 1896. Autograph draft and fair copy. Published in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 110-111.

6. f. 13. 'Asceticism'; circa 1892. Copy.

7. ff. 14-19. 'Ave Maria'; circa 1952. Two typewritten copies of original version at Add. 73322 A (composed circa 1893), for publication in The Universe, vol. 93, no. 4845 (4 Dec 1953), p. 10.

8. ff. 20-21. 'Ballade d'un naif'; circa 1910. English. In the hand of Frances Chesterton.

9. ff. 22-24v. 'Ballade des Boileaux'; circa 1900. Draft and fair copy. French.

10. ff. 25-26. 'Ballade for suffragettes'; circa 1911. In the hand of Frances Chesterton. For a cutting of its publication in an unidentified annual as 'Ballade of both sexes', see Add. 73383, f. 41*. A draft also appears in Add. 73356 B.

11. ff. 27-28. 'Ballade of a periodical'; circa 1910. Published in Ward, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, p. 310.

12. ff. 29-30. 'A ballade of a stand'; circa 1900.

13. ff. 31-32. 'Ballade of a young lady in a hammock'; n.d. Typewritten copy of an original owned by Marjorie Biggs. Published in The Chesterton Review, vol. 9, no. 3 (Nov. 1983), p. 311.

14. f. 33. 'Ballade of an empire builder'; circa 1911. In the hand of Frances Chesterton.

15. ff. 34-35. 'Ballade of an interesting people'; circa 1910.

16. f. 36. 'Ballade of an old man'; n.d. Typewritten copy. Published in facsimile of the original autograph inscription in a book borrowed from Doris Child, in The Catholic Herald, no. 4003 (28 Dec. 1962), p. 6.

17. f. 37. 'Ballade of an optimist'; circa 1911. In the hand of Frances Chesterton.

18. ff. 38-41. 'Ballade of Hampden's Cross'; circa 1910. Autograph, with illustrations. Three post cards, being a Christmas greeting to Mr and Mrs H. Dixon Davies of Beaconsfield. Published in CR: Quarterly Review of the Community of the Resurrection, no. 264 (Lady Day 1969), pp. 17-18.

19. ff. 42-43. 'Ballade of kindness to motorists'; circa 1910. Published in The Coloured Lands, pp. 51-52.

20. f. 44. 'Ballade of moderns'; n.d. Typewritten copy.

21. ff. 45-47. 'A ballade of political disability'; circa 1910. See also Add. 73270.

22. ff. 48-49. 'Ballade of thanks to God'; circa 1911. In the hand of Frances Chesterton.

23. f. 50. 'Ballade of the materialist theory of history'; circa 1912. Two stanzas only.

24. ff. 51-52. 'The ballade of the returning husband'; circa 1904.

25. ff. 53-57. 'Ballade of the truthful sailor'; circa 1910. Autograph draft, and fair copy in the hand of Frances Chesterton.

26. ff. 58-59. 'Ballade of Upper Tooting'; circa 1909. In the hand of Frances Chesterton. See also Add. 73356 B.

27. f. 60. Untitled ballade with the refrain "Sir Jacob Blinker thinks that beer is bad"; circa 1905.

28. f. 61. Third stanza and envoi of untitled ballade with the refrain "But ― Saints in Heaven the folly of Forel'; circa 1912. In the hand of Frances Chesterton.

29. f. 62. Untitled envoi with the refrain "I can't remember how you spell your name"; circa 1905. On an envelope.

30. ff. 63-64. 'The beaten path'; circa 1892. Two drafts. A different poem from that in C.W., vol. 10, p. 35.

31. ff. 65-66. 'A benediction'; circa 1894. Two differing fair copies. Both published in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 119-122. See also Add. 73343 A, D.

32. ff. 67-68. 'The charge'; [1899]. Written on the death of Gertrude Blogg in 1899. See also Add. 73345 D.

33. ff. 69-71. 'A Christmas carol'; circa 1900. In the hand of Rhoda Bastable. The opening five and a half stanzas published, with a facsimile of the first two and a half stanzas, in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 125-127, the full poem in The G. K. Chesterton Quarterly, no. 5 (Winter 1997), p. 1.

34. f. 72. 'The creator'; circa 1894. See references at Add. 73318 C.

35. f. 73. 'The crystal'; circa 1897. See also Add. 73344 D, 73345 B.

36. ff. 74-80. 'Dark blue', followed by 'Olive', 'Dark green' and 'Violet'; circa 1900. In the hand of Rhoda Bastable.

37. ff. 81v. 'Death'; circa 1892.

38. ff. 82-83. Incomplete and untitled draft of 'Dedicated'; circa 1899. See also references at Add. 73344 D. With untitled verses 'Slowly flapped the sea fowl homeward' (f. 82) and 'Mary, lonely is my heart' (f. 82v).

39. ff. 84-85. 'The elevation'; circa 1929. Autograph draft with a fair copy in another hand, with three erased stanzas on f. 84v.

40. f. 86. 'Esoteric Buddhism'; circa 1895. Copy.

41. f. 88-88v. 'F. B.'; circa 1896. To Frances Blogg, afterw. Chesterton. Revised as 'A defiance' in Add. 73344 D.

42. f. 89. 'Fairy tale'; n.d. Copy in another hand. Published in C.W., vol. 10, p. 40.

43. f. 90. 'Folk song'; n.d. Typewritten from the text in a copy of The Secret of Father Brown belonging to John O'Connor, the model for Father Brown. Published in J. O'Connor, Father Brown on Chesterton (1937), pp. 115-116.

44. f. 91. 'The gate of everywhere'; circa 1896. Draft. See also Add. 73344 C, 73345 A.

45. ff. 92-93v. 'The genius'; circa 1892.

46. ff. 94-96. 'The ghost of the great suburban'; n.d. In the hand of Frances Chesterton, addressed to V. G.

47. ff. 97-99. 'God'; circa 1894. Draft and two fair copies, one untitled. Published in C.W., vol. 10, p. 139.

48. f. 100. 'God and green ginger'; circa 1910.

49. f. 101. 'The God of the living'; circa 1892. See also Add. 73324 B.

50. ff. 102-104. 'The golden treasury of English verse in artificial metres'; circa 1909. Typewritten copy of verses written in the copy of Tremendous Trifles owned by Marjory Biggs. See also Add. 73270.

51. f. 105. 'Humanity'; circa 1900. Facsimile published in Chesterton Continued, p. 53. For variant versions see ff. 3-4 above and ff. 114-116 below.

52. ff. 106-106v. 'The hymn of the I.D.K.'; circa 1898. Published, with the amendments concealing the names of members of the Club, in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 280-282.

53. ff. 107-107v. 'The hymn of the poor'; circa 1893. See also f. 199 below.

54. ff. 108-109v. 'The hymn of the tennis-players, I.D.K.', April 1898; 1898. Two fair copies of different versions.

55. f. 110. 'The hymn of the unknown god'; circa 1892.

56. ff. 111-112. 'Hymn to the spirit of religion'; circa 1892. See references at Add. 73321 B.

57. f. 113. 'The iconoclast'; circa 1892.

58. ff. 114-116. 'Inscription in "Poems and Ballads"'; circa 1900. Two autograph texts, with a typewritten copy. Published in C.W., vol. 10, p. 56. For variant versions see ff. 3-4, 105 above.

59. ff. 117-120. 'Interlude'; circa 1930. Two drafts of different poems of the same title, one with notes on New York on the verso and a fair copy of both poems in another hand. Both published in C.W., vol. 10, p. 56.

60. ff. 121-122v. 'Invisible', or 'Unseen'; circa 1896. Untitled. Ten stanzas, of which stanzas 1-4 appear untitled in Add. 73338 E and stanzas 1-5 as 'Invisible' in Add. 73345 B, from which stanzas 3-5 are published in Return to Chesterton, pp. 30-31. See also Add. 73344 D.

61. ff. 123-123v. 'Irony'; circa 1897.

62. f. 124. Part of poem 'The jazz'; circa 1930. Published in full in The Coloured Lands, pp. 54-57.

63. f. 125. Three untitled stanzas of 'Le jongleur de Dieu'; circa 1895. English. See references at Add. 73329 C.

64. ff. 126-126v. 'The joys of science'; circa 1900. Draft. Published in The Coloured Lands, pp. 209-210, although a fuller version is included in Add. 73345 B. First two stanzas published in facsimile in C.W. vol. 10, p. 424.

65. ff. 127-129. 'A just judgement'; circa 1900. Includes two drafts of two stanzas.

66. ff. 130-131v. 'Kakkodyxotalaptuchodisanthromartyrio-tharsissa'; circa 1898. Five stanzas of the poem of which the incomplete version on ff. 165-166 below, entitled 'Plakkopytrixophylisperambulantiobatrix' was published in The Coloured Lands, pp. 215-218. The full version is in Add. 73348, ff. 17-19v; see also ff. 165-166v below and Add. 73270.

67. f. 132. 'A lament'; circa 1901. Written on the departure on holiday to France of Frances and Ethel Blogg; a variant version from another source is published in Return to Chesterton, pp. 37-38 and as 'Absent friends' in C.W., vol. 10, p. 265.

68. ff. 133-134. 'The legend of red clay — an epic'; circa 1896. An incomplete pencil draft.

69. ff. 135-137. 'The legend of the pessimist'; circa 1895. Published in C.W., vol. 10, p. 59. With another version of the last seven stanzas. See also Add. 73348.

70. ff. 138-139. 'Lilies-of-the-valley'; circa 1898. One leaf contains the first stanzas and the opening of the second stanza, and is published in C.W., vol. 10, p. 227, another leaf contains the whole poem with a draft of the first stanza cancelled.

71. ff. 140-142. 'Love lyrics. By an educationalist'; circa 1896. Fair copy, with a draft of three stanzas.

72. ff. 143-144. 'The masterpiece'; [1899]. Written on the death of Gertrude Blogg. See also Add. 73345 D.

73. ff. 145-146v. 'A merry Xmas', an illustrated Christmas card to Dorothy Collins, showing "procession of publishers, editors, etc, who have offered inadequate terms to Miss Collins"; circa 1928.

74. ff. 147-151. 'A moral story'; circa 1900. Draft.

75. ff. 152-153. 'Music'; circa 1930. Autograph draft with a fair copy in another hand. Published in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 239-240.

76. f. 154. 'A nunnery'; circa 1896. A fragment, later revised as 'Dedicated'. See also references at Add. 73344 D.

77. ff. 155-155v. 'Our Lady of Wain'; n.d. Typewritten copy of verses written to Mildred Wain afterw. d'Avigdor. Five stanzas published in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 310-311. For the text of two other stanzas see Add. 73348, f. 125.

78. ff. 156-157. 'The outsider'; 1933.

79. ff. 158-161. 'Paraguay', with 'The mitre'; circa 1930. Autograph drafts, with fair copies in another hand. 'Paraguay' published in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 404-405.

80. ff. 162-163v. 'Picquart'; circa 1898. See also Add. 73348.

81. f. 164. 'The Pilgrim Fathers'; circa 1897.

82. ff. 165-166v. 'Plakkopytrixophylisperambulantiobatrix'; circa 1898. Incomplete, but published in this form in The Coloured Lands, pp. 215-218. The full version is in Add. 73348, ff. 17-19v; see also ff. 130-131v above.

83. ff. 167-168v. 'Polygamy'; circa 1892.

84. f. 169. 'Praise'; circa 1896. Published, with a facsimile, in C.W., vol. 10, p. 68.

85. ff. 170-170v. 'The present time'; circa 1892. Untitled. See references at 73322 B.

86. f. 171. 'Proem'; circa 1894. Fuller and variant version published as 'Battle' in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 118-119.

87. f. 172. 'Reductio ad absurdum'; [1899]. Draft. Written on the death of Gertrude Blogg. See also Add. 73345 D.

88. f. 173. 'A rhyme of dust'; circa 1894. Published in C.W., vol. 10, p. 249.

89. ff. 174-175. 'St Francis Xavier'; 1892. Another version of the poem for which Chesterton won the Milton prize at St Paul's School. Published in Ward, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, pp. 557-558 and in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 165-166; f. 179 is also published in facsimile in Chesterton Continued, p. 11. See also Add. 73305 B and Add. 73319 A for drafts of the poem.

90. ff. 176-178. 'The satisfaction of Satan'; n.d. Typewritten copy. A photocopy of the original manuscript, originally belonging to Lucian Oldershaw, now at Boston College is at RP 1888. Published in part in Return to Chesterton, pp. 29-30 and in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 351-352 as 'Frances'. Published in full in The G. K. Chesterton Quarterly, no. 16 (Autumn 2000). pp. 2-3.

91. f. 179. 'Solitude calls the man'; circa 1898. Published in C.W., vol. 10, p. 252.

92. ff. 180-180v. 'Some reflections on nothing in particular'; circa 1898. An earlier version of 'The oneness of the philosopher with nature' in Greybeards at Play (1900). See also Add. 73242 A, B, 73304 A, 73305, 73306.

93. ff. 181-185. 'A song of the many'; circa 1892. Two versions and a fragment. See also Add. 73322 C, 73323 B, 73324 A, C, 73325 A-D, 73326 A, B, 73367.

94. f. 187. 'The song of the wheel'; circa 1894. See also references at Add. 73325 D.

95. ff. 188-189. 'Songs for a Beaconsfield play'; circa 1925. Typewritten copy.

96. ff. 190-201. 'Songs of a Christ Child, Xmas 1893'; 1893. On grey artist's paper. Includes: 'The nativity' in 14 stanzas (ff. 191-193v) (most of these stanzas are included in the different versions published in The Union Magazine, vol. 1, no. 6 (June 1894), pp. 102-104, in The Parents' Review, vol. 8, no. 12 (Dec. 1897), pp. 749-750, and in The Commonwealth, vol. 7, no. 12 (Dec. 1902), and subsequently in Poems (1915); see also Add. 73301 A, 73323 C, 73324 B, 73334, 73348); 'The hymn of the poor' (ff. 194-194v) (published in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 142-144; see also f. 107 above); 'Even unto the end of the world (ff. 195-197) (published with one line omitted in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 136-137; see also Add. 73324 B); 'A Xmas carol' (f. 198) (see references at Add. 73243 A); untitled poem beginning "Roofed in with the snows of December" (ff. 199-199v) (published as 'The pardon of Christmas' in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 155-156).

97. ff. 202-205v. 'A spelling lesson'; circa 1899. Untitled draft and fair copy. Published in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 74-75. See also Add. 73344 C, 73345 A.

98. ff. 206-207. 'The strange servant'; circa 1897. Followed on f. 207v by 'There was a child that sat alone'.

99. f. 208. 'A strange Te Deum'; circa 1894.

100. f. 209. 'Sunset'; circa 1891.

101. ff. 210-211. 'The symbol', with two other poems for Rotarians, 'At a Rotarian lunch' and 'A declaration of dependence'; 1927. Typewritten copies. Published as 'Rotarians' in C.W., vol. 10, p. 518.

102. ff. 212-214. 'Targar-Atoll'; circa 1933. Autograph draft and fair copy in another hand. See also Add. 73359 A, B.

103. ff. 215-216. 'The tea-pot'; circa 1892. Published in Ward, Gilbert Keith Chesterton, pp. 324-325.

104. f. 217. 'The temple of earth'; circa 1895. See also Add. 73348.

105. f. 218. 'Thieves'; circa 1897. Expanded as 'The mortal answers', see references at Add. 73344 D.

106. f. 219. 'To E. H. and G. M. (with thanks for a picture of the Three Kings)'; 1926. Typewritten copy of verse sent to Edith Hennell and Gladys Meates of the Children's Convalescent Home at Beaconsfield. Published in C.W., vol.10, p. 323.

107. f. 220. 'To Enid, the huntress'; circa 1928. Published in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 325-326.

108. f. 221. 'To Father O'Connor'; circa 1910. Photocopy of a ballade. Published in J. O'Connor, Father Brown on Chesterton (1937), pp. 109-110, and facsimile in The Tablet, vol. 205, no. 6004 (18 June 1955), p. 593.

109. ff. 222-223. 'To J. L.'; circa 1920. Published in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 331-332.

110. f. 224. 'To Punch'; circa 1905. Published in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 334-335.

111. ff. 225-226. 'To Rhoda, otherwise called Rohda'; 1926. Two typewritten copies of inscriptions in Rhoda Bastable's autograph book, Add. 73304 B, ff. 63-64. Published in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 336-337.

112. ff. 227-228. 'The Trinity'; circa 1929. Stanzas 5 and 9 published in C.W., vol. 10, p. 180.

113. ff. 229-230. 'True sympathy, or Prevention of cruelty to teachers'; n.d. Later typewritten copy, with note that it was written for Barbara Morley Hodder, published in The Catholic Herald, no. 2867 (15 Dec. 1939), p. 7. A photocopy of the original manuscript, now at Boston College, is RP 3768.

114. f. 231. 'Unwritten'; circa 1896. Published, with the first word incorrectly rendered as "If" instead of "It", in C.W., vol. 10, 115. f. 232. 'A vision'; circa 1893. Imperfect.

116. ff. 233-234. 'Wesleyan Christmas carol'; circa 1927. Type-written with autograph heading, and a note in the hand of Dorothy Collins explaining that it had been written in response to a request for a version of Frances Chesterton's carol 'How far is it to Bethlehem' with certain verses cut out.

117. f. 235. 'World-lover'; circa 1896. Four stanzas from the 'World lover' sequence of poems. See also references at Add. 73338 C.

Frances Alice Chesterton, née Blogg; wife of G K Chesterton: Transcriptions and amendments of works by G. K. Chesterton: [1902]-circa 1911: Autogr.

includes:

  • ff. 69-71, 74-79 Rhoda Bastable, cousin of F A Chesterton: Transcriptions of works by G. K. Chesterton by Rhoda Bastable: [1905]-circa 1906: Autogr.

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