Melbourne: F.W. Cheshire, 1959.
Limited edition of 350 numbered copies, printed at the Hawthorn Press and beautifully illustrated with Lionel Lindsay's woodcut engravings (hand-printed on Japanese paper by the artist).
The brave Day sleeps, far down the lists
His pale pavilions lie
In the sad autumnal coloured mists
That mount the stricken sky.
And the frail maiden stealing by
The place where he is set,
Glitters in jewelled armoury
Blue casque and carcanet
She reins her horses grey and black,
She dons her cloak of stars,
Her virgin face gleams pale aback
Behind her helmet bars.
Down the steep hours she must ride
Ever a hopeless quest,
To lay her love in all its pride
Upon the broad Day’s breast.
In vain! The dawn wind stirs the sedge,
The stars faint out and die,
And on the far sea’s darkling edge
The bale-fires burn the sky….
The Night, ariding to the dawn
Her destrier, in dismay
Has reached the marches of the morn,
The Citadel of Day.
Octavo, bound in the original olive brown cloth, a very good copy.
Price (AUD): $125.00 other currencies