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Binyon, Laurence (1869 – 1943)

‘I have no wish to glorify war… only I don’t want a peace like what we had before’

A fine three-page autograph letter signed by Laurence Binyon, 3rd January 1916, with superb content.

The poet writes to Lawrence Hodson, thanking him for a Christmas poem, then going on, ‘In spite of all the horrors of war, I have to confess I think less ill of war than I did. What was the peace we had before? Beneath the surface, wasn’t it very horrible too? The grinding of all joy out of the lives of such masses of people. Now at any rate, all alike have to bear and are cheerfully bearing.’ He continues, ‘But these are perhaps perverse remarks to make, as I have no wish to glorify war, and the idea of conquest is quite silly and childish really. Only I don’t want a peace like what we had before — armed, groaning, suspicious, threatened and threatening — it’s the peace of a possessed soul we want, there’s no other worth having.’

Binyon concludes, that he is hoping to go back to France, and noting that he say Masefield last week. Together with a 2″ X 3.5″ sheet on which Binyon has written out and signed two lines from his poem For the Fallen: ‘At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.’

In very fine condition.