SYMONS, ARTHUR (1865-1945)
AUTOGRAPH MANUSCRIPT OF A POEM HEADED 'TO PHILIP BOURKE MARSTON, signed at the end, 16 lines, 1 page, octavo, slight fading, professionally laid down on Japan paper, dated 22 April 1885
There are who walk along the sunlit ways
Singing glad songs for very joy of light,
For very joyfullness of dear delight
For love of life & love & happy days:
Their joy shall be guerdon & our praise...
The addressee of this poem was the blind poet Philip Marston (1850-1887) of whom Symons wrote that 'he was the only one of our literary men whom I knew personally, in any degree. One of the last things he did, I believe, was to begin a letter to me about my Browning book, which I had sent him. He will never finish that or anything else now.'
PROBABLY UNPUBLISHED: not mentioned in Arthur Symons: A Bibliography, edited by Karl Beckson et al, 1990. Only three poems by Symons have been sold at auction in the last forty years. Princeton has a major collection of Symons's papers.