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Notebook, poems 1958-1964, 1958 - 1964

Reference Code: GBR/0012/MS Add.9724/1/9

Scope and Contents

Notebook beginning with a pencilled note 19 February [1958] about becoming a Roman Catholic (/2r), and then Sassoon's heading 'Lenten Illuminations' and poems 1958-1959 (/2v-5v; pencilled drafts inked over), then more diary entries about his faith 3 November 1958 - 18 January 1959 (/6r-7r), and further poems, 1959-1964 (/7v-9v). Poems (dating 1958-1959) include: - 'Lenten Illuminations': /2v-4r. - 'De Profundis (To my Angel)', with revisions: /5r. - 'That they may all be one', previously named 'For Each and All'; with revisions: /5r. - 'Crusty Convert', 1958: /5v. Poems (dating 1959-1964) include: - 'Rogation', previously named 'An Approachment' and 'The Inapprehensible': /7v. - 'Eye has not seen, nor ear heard..', previously named 'An Admonition'; with revisions: /8r. - 'Unfoldment': /8v. - 'Awaitment/Bestowment' (both titles excised): /8v. - 'Resortment', previously named 'The Sign'; with revisions: /8v. - 'A Prayer at Pentecost': /9r. - 'Proven Purpose': /9r. - 'Prayer in Old Age', previously named 'Orison in Old Age': /9r. - 'Before a Crucifix', previously named 'A Prayer for Good Friday': /9v. - 'Compliné': /9v. - 'An Orison for All Hallows' (excised): /9v. - 'Weak yet Strong': /9v. NB. Enclosures are housed separately. Foliation is the archivist's.


  • Creation: 1958 - 1964


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1 collection (1 volume (11 ff.) & 1 folder notebook with yellow cover; binding and first few folios loose; some folios stuck with adhesive tape; a large set of folios have been removed [by Sassoon] from the back of the volume)

Language of Materials



Former reference MS Add.9454/1/8 and MS Add.9724/1/8

Repository Details

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