Note: Bookplate with standing female angel blowing trumpet and seated female
angel. Between the two figures is a flowing banner on which is inscribed
the owner's name. Below the figures and the ower's name is an inscribed poem.
- BOOKS BRING ME FRIENDS
- WHERE'ER ON EARTH I BE.
- SOLACE OF SOLITUDE&
- BONDS OF SOCIETY!
Note: The note is by WMR, who quotes from DGR's letter of 22 November 1860 to
To William Allingham
he wrote on Nov. 22,
Shand displease you
for anything but its
Transcription Gap: Hake/Compton-Rickett text of Swinburne letter (can be found elsewhere)
Transcribed Note (page [i]):
Note: In this bound volume, Wise included pages 39-40 of the Hake/Compton-Rickett edition of Swinburne's
letters, which has been omitted in this transcription
Manuscript Addition: Ashley 1395
Editorial Description: British Museum Library catalog number.
- The shadows fall along the wall,
- It's night at Haye-la-Serre;
- The maidens weave since day grew eve,
- The lady's in her chair.
- O passing slow the long hours go
- With time to think and sigh,
- When weary maidens weave beneath
- A listless lady's eye.
- It's two days that Earl Simon's gone
10 And it's the second night;
- At Haye-la-Serre the lady's fair,
- In June the moon is light.
- O it's ‘Maids, ye'll wake till I come back,’
- And the hound's i' the lady's chair:
- No shuttles fly, the work stands by,
- It's play at Haye-la-Serre.
- The night is worn, the lamp's forlorn,
- The shadows waste and fail;
- There's morning air at Haye-la-Serre,
20 The watching maids look pale.
- O all unmarked the birds at dawn
- Where drowsy maidens be;
- But heard too soon the lark's first tune
- Beneath the trysting-tree.
- ‘Hold me thy hand, sweet Dennis Shand,
- Says the Lady Joan de Haye,
- ‘That thou to-morrow do forget
- To-day and yesterday.
- ‘For many a weary month to come
30 My lord keeps house with me,
- And sighing summer must lie cold
- In winter's company.
- ‘And many an hour I'll pass thee by
- And see thee and be seen;
- Yet not a glance must tell by chance
- How sweet these hours have been.
- ‘We've all to fear; there's Maud the spy,
- There's Ann whose face I scor'd,
- There's Blanch tells Huot everything,
40 And Huot loves my lord.
- ‘But O and it's my Dennis'll know,
- When my eyes look weary dim,
- Who finds the gold for his girdle-fee
- And who keeps love for him.’
- The morrow's come and the morrow-night,
- It's feast at Haye-la-Serre,
- And Dennis Shand the cup must hand
- Beside Earl Simon's chair.
- And still when the high pouring's done
50 And cup and flagon clink,
- Till his lady's lips have touched the brim
- Earl Simon will not drink.
- ‘But it's, ‘Joan my wife,’ Earl Simon says,
- ‘Your maids are white and wan.’
- And it's, ‘O,’ she says, ‘they've
watched the night
- With Maud's sick sister Ann.’
- But it's, ‘Lady Joan and Joan my bird,
- Yourself look white and wan.’
- And it's, ‘O, I've walked the night myself
60 To pull the herbs for Ann:
- ‘And some of your knaves were at the hutch
- And some in the cellarage,
- But the only one that watched with us
- Was Dennis Shand your page.
- ‘Look on the boy, sweet honey lord,
- And mark his drooping e'e:
- The rosy colour's not yet back
- That paled in serving me.’
- O it's, ‘Wife, your maids are foolish jades,
70 And you're a silly chuck,
- And the lazy knaves shall get their staves
- About their ears for luck:
- ‘But Dennis Shand may take the cup
- And pour the wine to his hand;
- Wife, thou shalt touch it with thy lips,
- And drink thou, Dennis Shand!’