Ted Hughes | London: Faber and Faber, 1960.
First edition. Dust jacket fully intact and in very good condition. Book in very good condition.
All things being done or undone
As my hands adore or abandon--
Embody a now, erect a here
A bare-backed tramp and a ditch without fire
Cat or bread; and no shoes,
Honour, or hope, him--whose
Progenitors back to the sea-salt
Bride-bed to cradle assoiled
Honour of its shifty eyes, and hope
Of its shaky heart-beat, and step
By step got into stout shoes beneath
A roof treed to deflect death.
My sires had towers and great names,
And that their effort be brought to an edge
Honed their bodies away, dreams
The tramp in the sodden ditch.