Aldwinckle, Eric, Poem, February 1945

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Description: 
Manuscript of poem "To H.S. and all those like him", p. 3

Tabs

Case Study: 
Creative Dialogue Across the Ocean: Eric Aldwinckle’s Letters to Harry Somers
Creator: 
Aldwinckle, Eric
Source: 
poem
Date: 
February 1945
Place: London
Collection/Fonds: 
Contributer: 
McMaster University Libraries
Rights: 
Copyright, public domain: McMaster University owns the rights to the archival copy of the digital image in TIFF format. Reproduced with the kind permission of Margaret Bridgman.

Identifier: 
00001623-3
Language: 
eng
Type: 
image
Format: 
jpg
Transcript: 

Let no man tell you that ideals
are the illusion of youth
Observe he is blinded and says
"Alas, all will become blind as I have"
And take care of him,
Returning his advice.
Set not your heart upon your ideals.
They are already set in your heart,
For you to real-ise, to make most real
And hear.
Listen, young man, all the time.
You will Become.
"Patience is a virtue" someone said
but I would have you know that "virtue"
when the word was born meant "strength"
to youth of long ago.
So shall it be for you, young man
For you shall have need of both
after you have listened to the eternal whisper
"Whatever I seek, I shall find"