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January 15, 2013


Robert Roeder

Thank you so much for posting this information. I knew of Edward Thomas because of my interest in the War Poets and artists/writers who participated in WWI (or died in it). I also had the portrait of Edna Clark Hall (the side-glancing one)among my digital collection of Victorian & Edwardian women but had no name attached to it. I always thought it was a very lovely image but never knew who she was and, obviously, knew nothing of her connection to Thomas.


Yes that is touching and generous. I think the same qualities apply to Edward's poem to Helen, which I'm sure you know.

And you, Helen, what should I give you?
So many things I would give you
Had I an infinite great store
Offered me and I stood before
To choose. I would give you youth,
All kinds of loveliness and truth,
A clear eye as good as mine,
Lands, waters, flowers, wine,
As many children as your heart
Might wish for, a far better art
Than mine can be, all you have lost
Upon the travelling waters tossed,
Or given to me. If I could choose
Freely in that great treasure-house
Anything from any shelf,
I would give you back yourself,
And power to discriminate
What you want and want it not too late,
Many fair days free from care
And heart to enjoy both foul and fair,
And myself, too, if I could find
Where it lay hidden and it proved kind.

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