Autograph manuscript of his First World War poem 'Idyll', dated by Sassoon Feb. 1918', 12 lines, one page, small quarto, laid paper, cut from a larger leaf, 4to February 1918
In the gray summer garden I shall find you With day-break and the morning hills behind you. There will be rain-wet roses; stir of wings; And down the wood a thrush that wakes and sings...
'Idylls', a tribute to Gordon Harbord, his best sporting friend (Stephen Colwood in Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, killed at Ypres on 14 August 1917), was first written out by Sassoon in his diary for 1 February 1918, while he was in Ireland waiting to embark for Egypt. This manuscript is written in Sassoon's pre-1920s handwriting.