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A Green Garland

   

 

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State (a):

A small number of copies bound in green cloth covered boards.

Pages untrimmed.
Upper cover lettered in gilt script ‘A Green Garland’.
7 3/4” x 5 1/4”.

State (b):

Bound in a green paper cover.
Upper cover lettered in gilt script ‘A Green Garland’.
7 3/4” x 5 1/4”.

 
Publisher: Young Cambridge Press / Probsthain & Co.  
Printer:    
Published At: Bedford/London.  
Date: 1908.  
Edition: First Edition.  
Pages:

56 + 2 Pages of Advertisements.

 
Price:

State (b) priced at 1 shilling and sixpence

 
Remarks:

Errata slip bound in at Page 1.  Includes 2 pages of publisher’s advertisements at the end of the book.
The majority of the poems in this book had previously been published in The Agnostic Review.

 
Pagination:
[  i] Half-title
[  ii] Copyright
[  iii] Title-page
[  iv] Blank
[  v] Dedication
[  vi] Blank
[  vii] Author's Note
[  viii] Blank
[  ix] Contents
[  x] Blank
[1-55] Text
[  56] Blank
[  i] Advertisement for Aleister Crowley’s “An Appeal to the American Republic”
[  ii] Advertisement for various Probsthain & Co. publications
 
Contents:

- The Garden of Youth
- The First Poet
- The Eagle and the Serpent
- Two Sonnets
- Between the Spheres
- Ballade of the Daisy
- An Old Song
- The Swan Song
- My Homeland
- The Fugitive
- Carmen Triumphans
- A Song of the Promise of Dawn
- Serenade
- A Leaf from Walt Whitman
- Young Summer
- To Shelley
- A Recall
- An Agnostic View
- A Lullaby
- Three Singers
- A Song of Freedom
- The Dream
- A Song of Dawn
  

 

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     This little volume deals largely with the death of the old gods and the  dawn of a new era when men shall stand alone, and the author has been inspired by some of the greatest among modern names, by Spencer, Nietsche and Walt Whitman.  Here is a fine stanza in the style of James Thomson on Herbert Spencer:

     The vast colossus of the latter days

        Huge silver statue in the realm of Thought

     With arms firm-folded, and calm upward gaze,

        Stands on the massive pile his hands have wrought.

        And something of the glamour hath he caught

     That to the gods pertains; the sky dark-blue

     Sheds over him the calm undying line

        Of intellect; the brow's most noble rise

        Endomes the depths of the deep-seated eyes.

 

     Though imitative at present to a considerable degree, the writer undoubtedly possesses the temperament of a poet.

 

 

B. P. O'N., The Occult Review, September 1910

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     As far as the verse is concerned there is in this volume something more than mere promise; the performance is at times remarkable; there is beauty not only of thought and invention—and the invention is of a positive kind—but also of expression and rhythm.  There is a lilt in Mr Neuburg's poems; he has the impulse to sing, and makes his readers feel that impulse.

The Morning Post, 21 May 1908

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     There is a certain grim power in some of the imaginings concerning death, as “The Dream” and “The Recall,” and any reader with a liking for verse of an unconventional character will find several pieces after his taste.

The Daily Telegraph, 29 May 1908.

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     Here is a poet of promise.

The Daily Chronicle, 13 May 1908.

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     It is not often that energy and poetic feeling are united so happily as in this little book.

—The Morning Leader, July 10, 1908.

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     There is promise and some fine lines in these verses.

The Times, 11 July 1908

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     After the first page or so of “A Green Garland,” Verlaine’s lines come into one’s mind:

 

          De la musique avant toute chose

          Et pour cela préfère l’impair.

 

Mr. Neuburg’s gods are Youth, Truth, Progress, Love, and “Mighty Reason”; but he says that all the gods are dead.

 

          Prends l’éloquence et tords-lui le cou.

 

And we have here the diverting spectacle of a disciple of Nietzsche eloquently celebrating a Freethought Congress, glorifying Truth and Progress, and burning with

indignation at the suggestion that a memorial tablet to Herbert Spencer,

 

          The vast colossus of the later days

          And silver statue in the realm of thought!

 

should be placed in Westminster Abbey, the fane of the hated and pallid-spirited Galileans. It is not to be inferred from this that “A Green Garland ” is without merit, despite the fact that a quotation from the “Daily Chronicle ” at the head of a page might deter one from reading any more in that book. Mr. Neuburg has more intellect than imagination, and the beauty of young summer, the heat of the sun, and the scent of blossoms stir him to sing rapturously, sometimes obscurely, of the Dawn and the Day, when life will not be sicklied o‘er with the pale cast of other worldliness. For the new humanity he builds the lofty rhyme ; but it is to be feared, alas ! that the new humanity will prefer more subtle rhythms and broken cadences, the song that will come and go like the wind on the leaf or the bourdon f a blond bee hovering over a bank of swaying mignonette.

The New Age, F. S. Flint, 11 July 1908

 
       
   

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