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Record 29117

Reading Experience:

'The tent flaps were laced over, the rain had ceased, the guns were silent and Jimmy Harding lay motionless. I ate slowly and dully, staring at my candle. I took my Palgrave from the valise head; it opened at "Barbara" and I read quite coldly and critically until I came to the lines

In vain, in vain, in vain
You will never come again.
There droops upon the dreary hills a mournful fringe
of rain

then with a great gulp I knocked my candle out and buried my face in the valise.'
Century: 1900-1945
Date: 19 Aug 1917
Country: Belgium
Time: evening
Place: city: Ypres
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Edwin Stephen Campion Vaughan
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender n/a
Date of Birth 30 Nov 1897
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: Army, later RAF, officer
Religion: Roman Catholic
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: Belgium
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: Alexander Smith
Title: "Barbara"
Genre: Poetry
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: In Francis Turner Palgrave, ed., "The Golden Treasury of the Best Songs and Lyrical Poems in the English Language."
Provenance: unknown


Source Information:

Record ID: 29117  
Source - Print  
  Author: Edward Campion Vaughan
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Some Desperate Glory: The Diary of a Young Officer
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1994
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 213
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Edward Campion Vaughan, Some Desperate Glory: The Diary of a Young Officer (London, 1994), p. 213,, accessed: 21 March 2023

Additional comments:



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