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Notebook: childhood poems, Oct 1897 - Dec 1897

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9724/1/1

Scope and Contents

Notebook with inside title 'More poem's. by S. Sassoon. with illustrations', and inscribed 'For Mamsey. from Siegfried'. In two parts, with dates of 'October 20th', 'December 25th' and 'December 1897' at the front. Written in coloured inks, with crayon illustrations. Part one runs from folios /1-55r. A table of contents is at folios /2r-2v. It includes the following poems, mostly illustrated: - 'List, tis the twilight's shades descending': /3r. - 'The cold earth slept': /3r (adapted from a poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley). - 'The Ripple': /3v-4r. - 'Weary and grey, etc.': /5r - 'Evening in a Wood': /6r. - 'The Night-Spirit': /7r. - 'Now the moon begins her reign, etc.': /8r. - 'To a Summer Night': /9r. - 'Night': /10r. - 'Slowly, the dark and gloom comes on, etc.': /11r. - 'Alas, the summer now has gone, etc.': /12r. - 'I heard the whitethroat singing, etc.': /13r. - 'The Court of Death': /14r-15r. - 'The Sun': /16r. - 'The Dawn': /17r. - 'The Dead Soul': /18r. - 'The Waves': /19r. - 'The dawn came, etc.': /20r. - 'A brook went running, etc.': /21r. - 'A Vision of Peace': /22r. - 'In the Vale of Peace': /23r. - 'Dirge': /24r. - 'To Kent, a pastoral poem in 12 parts': /25r-35r (note: part entitled 'The graveyard' includes reworked lines from Thomas Gray's 'Elegy written in a Country Churchyard'). - 'The dying soul': /36r. - 'An old and weather-beaten beech, etc.': /37r. - 'Norwich Cathedral': /38r. - 'The Harvest': /39r. - 'Lines': /40r. - 'There was an old man of the Tropics': /41r. - 'There was an old man who was frightened, etc.': /42r. - 'There was an old man of Cape Horn, etc.': /43r. - 'There was an old person of Kent, etc.': /43r. - 'Day': /44r. - 'At the Gate of Hades': /45r. - 'To a Spring Day': /46r. - 'Lines written on a stormy night': /47r. - 'To a Storm': /48r-49r. - 'Hush, the wind, etc.': /50r. - 'The wintery blasts, etc.': /51r-52r. - 'Summer': /53r-54r. - 'The Mermaid's Home': /55r. Part II runs from folios /55v-90v. A table of contents is at folio /90v. It includes the following poems, mostly illustrated: - 'A Vision of Death': /56r. - 'Song of the Mermaids': /57r-58r. - 'The silence of the place, etc.': /58r (an extract from 'Monte Cassino, Terra di Lavoro: Birds of Passage, Flight the Fourth' by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow). - Song, 'Depart, old year depart': /59r-60r. - 'Ode to the Owl': /60r-61r. - 'The moon was setting in the sky': /62r. - 'A Night-mare': /63r. - 'The Passing Soul': /64r. - 'Hard and cold, etc.': /66r. - 'Alas, the summer is dead': /67r. - 'Lines': /68r. - 'A Farmyard Tragedy': /70r. - 'Lines written to a stormy night in winter': /71r-76r. - 'A Story': /77r. - 'Something about myself': /78r-83r (a story of a cat, published 1966). - 'If a man stood upon his head, etc.': /84r. - 'Sleep': /86r. - illustrated end page: /88r. Additional illustrations: /65r. Sphinx; /69r. Girl wearing a crown standing by a river in front of a ?castle or tower; 80r. Drawings of people falling or being blown over, with caption 'an ominous crack, kekk! Splosh! Yeow!'; /85r. Drawing entitled 'Average Schoolmaster'; /87r. Sun-lit hilltop with trees; /87r. Four people bathing; /89r. Man in pantaloons and feathered hat; /89v. A man's face marked 'S. [Simple] Simon, Esq, aged 40'; /90r. Bull and horse in a field. NB. Foliation by the archivist is in square brackets. Foliation at top right of pages is Sassoon's. All references are to the archivist's foliation.


  • Creation: Oct 1897 - Dec 1897


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1 collection (1 volume (90 ff.) notebook with red marbled covers)

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Former reference MS Add.9454/1/2 and MS Add.9724/1/2

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