me to send it you? I am curious to see what use you have managed to make of the lumps of wood? Is it a mantelpiece?
I have heard the news of Christina all along, & hope she will turn up improved. Tell her Howell found a nest of young hedgehogs
in his garden, but having been disturbed they seem to have migrated & have to be discovered again.
The Leatharts have been here once or twice & I rather expect them again today, but am threatened with so many other visitors
that I suppose it will all be a "mêlée." They have been to
Hughes's but I know not with what result; & Leathart has asked both me & Brown about getting a water picture from Whistler,
but is evidently afraid of seeming too eager.
My tent is delightful at times but I have not enjoyed it much having been greatly put about.
Your sonnet is excellent. I have not been in much of a poetizing mood lately, & I hardly know how many of my doings remain
unseen by you. I copy the last. I am about to have all the poetry I can get together of mine printed roughly for my own
use in slips, & keep it by me as stock for
Manuscript Addition: In Privately printed vol.
WMR's note to the right of the text. He refers to the sonnet Love's Lovers, which was printed in the
first trial book
Editorial Note (page ornament): The verso of DGR's seal is visible below the signature on this page.
selection ultimately with a view to a possible vol. This will induce me to write more & to get advice from the few friends
one cares to show the things to. I shall only print a few copies.
Love to all at Penkill. It will be delightful to see the beautiful glen again & feel that the world is shut out. Why can
one not have a glen out of oneself too? — or at least out of the way of one's ghosts & skeletons?
Ever yours affectionately,
D Gabriel R
Editorial Note (page ornament): DGR's seal is stamped at the right of poem, containing his address (“16 CHEYNE WALK
/ CHELSEA”), his initials, and an image of a tree with the words of his motto, “FRANGAS NON
Note: The poem is written crosswise on a page opposite the first (surviving) page of the
letter; the poem would then have been on the final page of the letter, since the MS is a
single sheet folded into four pages.
- Some ladies love the jewels in Love's zone,
- And gold-tipped darts he hath for painless play
- In idle scornful hours he flings away;
- And some that listen to his lute's soft tone
- Do love to deem the silver praise their own;
- Some prize his blindfold sight; and there be they
- Who kissed his wings which brought him yesterday
- And thank his wings today that he is flown.
- My lady only loves the heart of Love:
10 Therefore Love's heart, my lady, hath for thee
- His bower of unimagined flower and tree:
- There kneels he now, and all-anhungered of
- Thine eyes grey-lit in shadowing hair above,
- Seals with thy mouth his immortality.