Early Morris Poems - Early Draft: The Man Born To Be King
Early Draft: The Man Born To Be King
Fitzwilliam Library MS 2, in Morris's hand, 10ff. Very rough. Murray titles it "The Man Born To Be King" in his table of contents to Fitz. MS 2. May Morris cites portions of this in CW, III, xvi-xvii, and CW, XXI, xviii. (The CW, XXI passage apparently preceded the CW, III one). She comments, "It is interesting, as it was written, I think, about the time of 'The Scenes from the Siege of Troy,' the workmanship being in my father's younger manner --full of vigorous, imperfect, and impatient verse, different indeed from that of the published 'Earthly Paradise'" (III, xvi). This would make it the earliest known draft of an individual Earthly Paradise tale.
Pub. CW, XXI, xviii.
It is well said among wise men
Now this same lusty king
Portions Pub. CW, III, xvi-xvii
That same damozel bent low
In that same night that she was born
He sold his skins and feathers of heme,
I trow a right fat man was he,