In Black & White


Title Page
Under the Hill

The Art of the Hoarding
Letters to his Critics
   Pall Mall Budget
   Daily Chronicle
   St. Paul’s
Table Talk
Lines upon Pictures
   St Rose of Lima

The Three Musicians
The Ballad of a Barber
Ave Atque Vale
The Celestial Lover
The Ivory Piece
Prospectus for Volpone

Appendix : Juvenilia
The Valiant
A Ride in an Omnibus
The Confession Album
The Courts of Love
Dante in Exile
Written in Uncertainty
The Morte Darthur

Enoch Soames

Under the Hill

Lines written in Uncertainty

The lights are shining dimly round about,
         The Path is dark, I cannot see ahead;
And so I go as one perplexed with doubt,
         Nor guessing where my footsteps may be led.

The wind is high, the rain falls heavily,
         The strongest heart may well admit a fear,
For there are wrecks on land as well as sea
         E’en though the haven may be very near.

The night is dark and strength seems failing fast
         Though on my journey I but late set out.
And who can tell where the way leads at last?
         Would that the lights shone clearer round about!

¶ 1891. Written shortly after Beardsley’s nineteenth birthday, and reflecting anxieties brought on by a major tubercular relapse, these verses were included in a letter to a school friend.