77 Dream Songs
  • 77 Dream Songs

    John Berryman.


    London: Faber & Faber, 1964. Octavo. Cream dust wrapper over tan cloth. 84 pages. First British Edition. Near fine.


    His masterpiece.


    "There sat down, once, a thing on Henry’s heart   

    só heavy, if he had a hundred years

    & more, & weeping, sleepless, in all them time   

    Henry could not make good.

    Starts again always in Henry’s ears

    the little cough somewhere, an odour, a chime.


    And there is another thing he has in mind   

    like a grave Sienese face a thousand years

    would fail to blur the still profiled reproach of. Ghastly,   

    with open eyes, he attends, blind.

    All the bells say: too late. This is not for tears;   



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