COLUM, PADRAIC (1881-1972, Irish poet)
Lot 103
COLUM, PADRAIC (1881-1972, Irish poet)
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COLUM, PADRAIC (1881-1972, Irish poet)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS WELL-KNOWN 'CRADLE SONG', signed ('Padraic Colum'), 16 lines in four four-line stanzas, on the verso is the printed symbol and name Hotel Statler, Buffalo, with notes in three hands 'Mother dear, Padraic Colum wrote this out for you', 'Spring. 1937, Buffalo, 'N.Y.' and 'New York [next to the hotel name] Memories!!', written on a small card (5 x 3 ½ inches, 13 x 9 cm), Buffalo, New York, Spring 1937

O men from the fields
Come gently within -
Tread softly, softly
O men coming in!

Mavourneen is going
From me and from you,
Where Mary will fold him
With mantle of blue!

From reek of the smoke
And cold of the floor
And the peering of things
Across the half-door.

O men of the fields
Soft['ly' deleted], softly come thro' -
Mary puts round him
Her mantle of blue.

This poem was first published in Wild Earth, 1907. Padraic Colum lived in America from 1914 to 1922 and from 1933 until 1972. No poetical manuscripts by Colum have been sold at auction in the last forty years at least. No manuscript of the poem is listed in Location Register of Twentieth-Century Literary Manuscripts and Letters, 2 volumes, 1988. The National Library of Ireland is the main repository for Colum's papers with an important collection in the State University of New York. No literary manuscripts are noted as being in English institutions.
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