CAMPBELL, ROY (1901-1957, South African poet)
Lot 86
CAMPBELL, ROY (1901-1957, South African poet) AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'THE SINGING HAWK', [1955]
£600 - 800
US$ 1,000 - 1,300
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CAMPBELL, ROY (1901-1957, South African poet)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF HIS POEM 'THE SINGING HAWK', 80 lines in twenty four-line stanzas, together with the printer's typescript with pencil notes in another hand noting verbal differences in this manuscript from the final version preserving reconsidered readings, 5 pages, octavo, taken from a paper book perforated down one edge, [1955]

We thought his name a myth of ancient lore -
One of those tales to which the Bantu cling
Yet what else could have swerved us from the spoor
Of lions, but so rare and strange a thing?...

Today the singer has to be a fighter
The honey must be guarded by the sling
And tho' you live for song you are a smiter
A hunter and a sword upon the wing...

The order of some of the stanzas in this manuscript is different from the final version in Collected Poems, volume II. 'The Singing Hawk' is one of Campbell's last poems.

REFERENCE: Location Register of Twentieth-Century Literary Manuscripts and Letters, 2 volumes, 1988 (no manuscript therein).
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