Thank you very much Will. To show you all that I'm not completely
lazy by going to the list instead of the library I'm including a few
notes on the poem.
The poem pretty much matches what the draft was in the facsimile book.
The changes I see are:
The title was changed from "Song. For the Opherion." (with "For the
Opherion." scratched out) to "Song to the Opherian".
One line ("Perhaps it ...") was retained that was scratched out in
"Waiting that touch." appeared as Eliot first typed it (except for
the new period.) Other manuscript changes to the line were discarded.
The changes that TSE made to the draft for the last two lines were
used and appear in the published version of the poem.
For the information of the list members:
A note by Valerie Eliot in the TWL facsimile book says that Eliot may
have meant "Orpharion." Wikipedia has a small article on this at:
"The Tyro" was a VERY short lived magazine started by Wyndham Lewis.
The poem was published psuedonymously as "Gus Krutzsch" probably
because TSE already had two signed articles in the magazine.
"Gus Krutzsch" was a name used by TSE in the abandoned first section
of Part I in TWL. Look for it handwritten in the right margin in this
Will Gray wrote:
> Rick, here it is:
> ?Song to the Opherian?
> Tyro Spring 1921 I.6
> Song to the Opherian
> The golden foot I may not kiss or clutch
> Glowed in the shadow of the bed
> Perhaps it does not come to very much
> This thought this ghost this pendulum in the head
> Swinging from life to death
> Bleeding between two lives
> Waiting that touch.
> The wind sprang up and broke the bells,
> Is it a dream or something else
> When the surface of the blackened river
> Is a face that sweats with tears?
> I saw across the alien river
> The campfire shake the spears.
> GUS KRUTZSCH
> --- Rickard A Parker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> > Can anyone post an easily supplied copy of the
> > published version of
> > Eliot's "Song to the Opherian" (Gallup C120)?
> > Notes in Gallup and TWL Facsimile say it was
> > published in volume I.6
> > of "The Tyro" in April 1921 (or Spring 1921).
> > Some of the lines were later reused in "The wind
> > sprang up at four o'clock."
> > Thank you,
> > Rick Parker