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The Poems of
[DIGBY MACKWORTH DOLBEN

edited by
ROBERT BRIDGES



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Henry Frowde

Oxford University Press

London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne

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Price Ten Shillings net



The Poems of
DIGBY MACKWORTH DOLBEN

edited by
ROBERT BRIDGES



Henry Frowde

Oxford University Press

London, New York, Toronto and Melbourne

ipii



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A special English edition of these poems,
accompanied hy a memoir, pp. cxi, with
two portraits and two other illustrations
and notes, will shortly he published
(price 10s. net) hy Mr. Frowde



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Copyright in the United States
by Robert Bridges



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VARIANT READINGS m
DOLBEN'S POEMS

An Account of these, and notice of

ERRATA in the MEMOIR

by R. B. Oct. ipi2



This sheet to be sold with the book, and to be sent to any-
previous purchaser, on receipt of a stamped and addressed
envelope, by Mr. Henry Frowde, Oxford University Press,
Amen Comer, London, EC.



MEMOIR

p. Ixvi, 1. 2. Pritchard. The name of Constantine
Prichard is spelt wrongly throughout the memoir.

p. xlvii note. Mr. Bartle Hack, the Vicar of St.
Thomas' Church, Oxford, informs me that * the Prodigal's
Introit' was published in the Union Review, vol. ii, 1864,
p. 322, and «the Prodigal's Benediction ' p. 430, both signed
P. P. P. O. Also the poem described on p. Ivii appears
in volume iii, p. 234, under the title * Benedictus qui ve-
nit in nomine Domini '. And * Vocation ' at p. 577 ; and
No. 18 in vol. iv, p. 109 ; and No. 25 at p. 666. These
are signed * Dominic O. S. B. ii.' I have compared the
unimportant variants of these editings, and do not think
them worth recording here.

p. liv, third line from foot. Tell should be Sing.

p. xci, 1. 14. was established. This is wrong. Father
Ignatius did not go to Llanthony until after this date ;
which accounts for Dolben not having mentioned him in
connection with his time at Boughrood.

p. 122, in the note to poem 10, the word fruit is mis-
printed for frail.



POEMS

I stated on p. 118 that all the poems, except Nos. 46, 48
and 50, were edited from original MSS. Mr. Humphrey
Paul has found original copies of 46 and 50, so that only
No. 48 is now missing. He tells me that the MS. of 50
agrees absolutely with the printed text. With No. 46
I will deal later. He also found other copies of No. 49.
One, which he calls *an obviously later MS.', contains
Godis (sic) in 1. 28, and through for in at line 30 : and in
line 39 whither draw is written for where mounts and in
lines 53 and 54 lift and perfect are written for bring and
joyoiis. I think that these leave the text in the book as
the most acceptable.

Lord Esher has very kindly sent me all the variants in
his copies of six poems, ' made in Wm. Johnson's [Cory's]
pupil- room three years after Dolben's death.' Variants
occur in five poems thus :





VARIANT


REArjING


No. 4, p. 11, 1


I. 10.


violets


for


skies were.




13.


1.


ffloriom


' »»


glowing.






10.


Gentle


)}


Turtle.






18.


light




bright.




14.


5.


omits never.








6.


on


for


upon.




15.


4.


He


«*


you.






19.


truer


»»


clearer.


No. 9.


23.


1.
4.


rrj


»»


puny,
breast.






5.


be


»«


lie.


No. 30.


60.


16.


touch




ki*s.


No. 41.


81.


4.


portals
heaven




pavement,
hope.


No. 46.


99.


9.





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11. I know not only for we see them not but.

With the exception of those in No. 46, which will be
considered later, all these variants are to be discarded as
corruptions on the authority both of the original MSS.
and of Miss Dolben's copy. But it is very surprising that
Wm. Cory should have made an inaccurate copy of
poems that he thought worth copying; nor is there
any simple account of his mistakes, for some of them
look as if he was relying on his memory, some as if he
misread the original, as where he writes penny for the
peculiarly correct word puny^ some as if he were con-
sciously amending. Their evidence (purposely excluding
No. 46) shows Cory's copies to be wholly unreliable, and
I have only given his variants in full that they may dis-
c;redit themselves and cause no further trouble.

Mr. Heneage Wynne Finch has very early copies of
poems 45 and 46. In 45 the words are in a different order,
thus : Living I drew thee from the vale^ To climb Pamassv^^
height with me. Zh/ing^ I etc. Such a variation would
arise very naturally, and many persons would prefer it
to the intentional severity of the inversions in the original.
And in 46, (which I will now deal with, italicising the
variants,) he reads the final stanza thus.

There may be hope above

There may be rest beneath
/ know not—^*.'


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