CORNFORD, FRANCES (1886-1960)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT, IN EFFECT A DRAFT, OF HER POEM TITLED HEREIN 'THE OLD NURSE', signed ('Frances Cornford'), 30 lines, the printer's manuscript (compositor's name and type-size written in the top left-hand corner), with two autograph revisions and her autograph name and address, 2 pages, large quarto, not dated [but 1923]
I am an old woman, comfortable, calm and wise
Often I see the spirits of the dead with my own eyes.
They come into my house: I am no more afraid
Than of the coal-scuttle, or breakfast newly laid....
The poem is published in Collected Poems, 1954, under the title 'A Lodging for the Night' with numerous differences between the printed text and this manuscript, including the omission of the last two lines in the former.
RARE: no manuscripts of Frances Cornford have been sold at auction in the last forty years at least. The British Library, King's College, Cambridge, and Eton College all have collections of Cornford's papers.