380
380
(Literary Portraits)
Estimate
7,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT
380
(Literary Portraits)
Estimate
7,00010,000
LOT SOLD. 6,250 USD
JUMP TO LOT

Details & Cataloguing

THE JAMES S. COPLEY LIBRARY: ARTS & SCIENCES, INCLUDING THE MARK TWAIN COLLECTION

|
New York

(Literary Portraits)
Yeats, William Butler.  Autograph quotation signed ("W. B. Yeats"), inscribed below a pen-and-ink portrait of the author by Robert Kastor (signed "R. Kastor"), approx 11 x 9 in.; 278 x 228 mm), n.p. [Paris?], 1 March 1901.  Matted, glazed and framed (not examined out of frame).
Read Condition Report Read Condition Report

Catalogue Note

An 11-line abridgement by W. B. Yeats of his great poem "To the Rose Upon the Rood of Time, inscribed under a handsome portrait of the artist as a young man. 

The 24-line poem was first published in 1893.  In the present transcription, Yeats combines the first two lines of the first stanza with the first nine lines of the second stanza to form fine abridgement:

Red Rose, proud Rose, sad Rose of all my days!

Come near me, while I sing the ancient ways:

Come near, come near, come near—Ah, leave me still

A little space for the rose-breath to fill!

Lest I no more hear common things that crave;

The weak worm hiding down in its small cave,

The field-mouse running by me in the grass,

And heavy mortal hopes that toil and pass;

But seek alone to hear the strange things said

By God to the bright hearts of those long dead,

And learn to chaunt a tongue men do not know. 

 

THE JAMES S. COPLEY LIBRARY: ARTS & SCIENCES, INCLUDING THE MARK TWAIN COLLECTION

|
New York