G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. LVIII A (ff. 100). Autograph fair copy of a c ... 

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G. K. CHESTERTON PAPERS. VOL. LVIII A (ff. 100). Autograph fair copy of a collection of poems, then entitled 'The babe unborn, and other poems'. The manuscript, which is prepared for typing, is composed of leaves of fair copies of poems detached from various notebooks and numbered in pencil, wanting four leaves. Some other, unnumbered, leaves which were rejected for publication are collected at Add. 73345 A.

Contents, with references to other versions of the poems in Chesterton's notebooks and on loose leaves:

1. f. 1. Title-page: 'The babe unborn - and other verses'.

2. ff. 2-3. Stanzas beginning "Another tattered rhymster in the ring". See also Add. 73284.

3. ff. 4-5. 'By the babe unborn'. See also Add. 73343 A, C, D, 73344 C.

4. ff. 6-7. 'The world's lover'. See also Add. 73284, 73334, 73343 A, C, D, 73344 C. Rewritten from the 'World lover' sequence, for which see references at Add. 73338 C.

5. f. 8. 'The earth's shame'. See also Add. 73343 A, C, D, 73344 C. Previously published in The Speaker, vol. 16, no. 397 (7 Aug. 1897), p. 157.

6. ff. 9-10. 'The song of the children'. See also Add. 73284.

7. f. 11. 'Good news'. See also Add. 73284, 73343 A, C, D, 73344 C. Rewritten from the 'World lover' sequence, see references at Add. 73338 C.

8. f. 12. 'Ecclesiastes'. See also Add. 73343 A, 73344 C.

9. ff. 13-14. 'The fish'. See also Add. 73344 C.

10. ff. 15-16. 'A chord of colour'. See also Add. 73344 C, 73344 D, 73345 B, 73348. Previously published in The Outlook, probably in 1899.

11. ff. 17-18. 'Nightmare'. Published as 'The end of fear'.

12. ff. 19-22. 'The lamp post'. See also Add. 73284.

13. f. 23. 'The donkey'. See also Add. 73344 C. Published in facsimile in J. Sullivan, G. K. Chesterton: a Bibliography (1958), facing p. 32.

14. f. 24. Final two stanzas of an unidentified poem, beginning "To plant the lost God's banner brave", the previous leaf being wanting. See also Add. 73348, f. 122.

15. ff. 25-26. 'An alliance'. See also Add. 73284.

16. ff. 27-28. 'Vulgarised'.

17. f. 29. 'The outlaw'. The title 'The gibbet' is cancelled.

18. f. 30. 'Two experiences'. Published as 'Two women'. See also Add. 73345 B.

19. f. 31. 'The holy of holies'. See also Add. 73284, 73301 A, 73343 A, D, 73344 C. Previously published in The Speaker, vol. 15, no. 388 (5 June 1897), p. 631.

20. f. 32. 'Joseph'. See also Add. 73344 D, 73345 B.

21. f. 33. 'Vanity'. See also Add. 73344 C, D, 73345 B.

22. ff. 34-35. 'The praise of dust'. See also Add. 73284. The third leaf of the original is wanting.

23. ff. 36-37. 'Half-risen'. See also Add. 73345 A. Not included in typescript printer's copy or final text.

24. ff. 38-44. 'A ballad of the Battle of Gibeon'.

25. ff. 45-47. 'A man and his image'. The title 'The statue' is cancelled. Not included in the manuscript as originally foliated.

26. f. 48. 'A decadent'. See also Add. 73344 C. Not included in typescript printer's copy or final text.

27. ff. 49-50. 'The elephant'. Not included in typescript printer's copy or final text.

28. f. 51. 'Thou shalt not kill'. See also Add. 73343 A, 73344 C. The second leaf of the original is wanting.

29. ff. 52-53. 'A certain evening'.

30. ff. 54-57. 'The ballad of God makers'. See also Add. 73284.

31. ff. 58-59. 'The desecraters'.

32. f. 60. 'Gold leaves'.

33. f. 61. 'The triumph of man'. See also Add. 73284, 73343 D, 73344 C, D.

34. f. 62. 'Eternities'. See also Add. 73284.

35. ff. 63-64. 'The woodcutter'.

36. f. 65. 'A Xmas carol'. See also Add. 73284. 73305 A, 73325 A, D, 73326 B, 73334, 73343 A, 73344 C.

37. ff. 66-67. 'A portrait'. See also Add. 73345 A.

38. f. 68. 'The shape of the world'. Not included in typescript printer's copy or final text.

39. ff. 69-70. 'To them that mourn'. See also Add. 73344 C and 'Gladstone' and 'The passing of Gladstone' at 73344 D, 73345 B, 73481. Previously published in The Speaker, vol. 17, no. 439 (28 May 1898), p. 674.

40. ff. 71-72. 'Femina contra mundum'. See also Add. 73345 A.

41. ff. 73-74. 'The mariner'. See also Add. 73284.

42. f. 75. 'A prophecy'. Published as 'The last masquerade'. See also Add. 73345 B.

43. f. 76. 'Alone'. See also Add. 73344 C. Rewritten from the 'World lover' sequence, see also references at Add. 73338 C.

44. f. 77. 'The ancient of days'.

45. f. 78. 'By the sea'. Published as 'The hope of the streets'. See also Add. 73345 B.

46. ff. 79-80. 'To a certain nation'. See also Add. 73344 C. Previously published in The Speaker, vol. 19, no. 471 (7 Jan. 1899), p. 19.

47. f. 81. 'E. C. B.'

48. ff. 82-83. 'Modern elfland'. See also Add. 73284.

49. ff. 84-85. 'The human tree'.

50. f. 86. 'The skeleton'. See also Add. 73344 C.

51. f. 87. 'The happy man'.

52. ff. 88-90. 'The mirror of madmen'. See also Add. 73284, 73344 C.

53. f. 91. 'King's Cross Station'. See also Add. 73284.

54. ff. 92-93. 'Cyclopean'. See also Add. 73344 C (as 'One eyed'). With six lines of 'A nunnery' cancelled on f. 93v.

55. f. 94. 'Uncreation'. The title 'The snail' is cancelled. The second leaf of the original manuscript is wanting. Not included in typescript printer's copy or in the final text. See also Add. 73347 B, 73348. Published in this incomplete form in C.W., vol. 10, pp. 259-260.

56. f. 95. 'Behind'.

57. f. 96. 'The unpardonable sin'. See also Add. 73343 A, C, 73344 D, 73345 B.

58. f. 97. 'At night'. See also Add. 73343 A, 73344 C, 73345 B.

59. f. 98. 'Art colours'.

60. f. 99. 'The beatific vision'. See also Add. 73284, 73343 A, C, D, 73344 C, D, 73345 B. Rewritten from the 'World lover' sequence, see references at Add. 73338 C.

61. f. 100. 'Ultimate'. See also Add. 73344 C.

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