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    With a Lengthy Manuscript Poem
    by Robert Frost

    Robert Frost. Collected Poems of Robert Frost. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1939. First edition. On the recto of the frontispiece portrait, Frost has hand-written and signed (in initials) a twenty-four line poem, "Happiness Makes up in Height for What it Lacks in Length." At the bottom of the poem is his initials, "R. F." and the following: "To Ted and Natalie" (Edward and Natalie Davison, who were friends of Frost and his wife, Elinor). This poem does not appear in this volume; indeed, it was not published until 1942 (in The Wishing Tree). Octavo. [xvi], 436 pages. With portrait frontispiece of Frost. Original publisher's light gray buckram, front board and spine stamped in burgundy and gilt. Without the dust jacket. Cloth spine darkened, binding rubbed, gutter facing page 435 cracking. Still, a very good copy with an excellent poem:
    "O stormy, stormy world,
    The days you were not swirled
    Around with mist and cloud,
    Or wrapped as in a shroud,
    And the sun's brilliant ball
    Was not in part or all
    Obscured from mortal view--
    Were days so very few
    I can but wonder whence
    I get the lasting sense
    Of so much warmth and light.
    If my mistrust is right
    It may be altogether
    From one day's perfect weather,
    When starting clear at dawn
    The day went clearly on ("published as "The day swept clearly on")
    To finish clear at eve.
    I verily believe
    My fair impression may
    Be all from that one day
    No shadow crossed but ours
    As through its blazing flowers
    We went from house to wood
    For change of solitude."
    The recipients, Edward and Natalie Davison were poets and educators. Their son was the poet Peter Davison.


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