IV.A.4: Pomes Penyeach
Typescript of “A Prayer” (1924)
Material Description and Collation
The manuscript is a loose sheet of unruled paper, which is a double-spaced, purple ribbon top (original) copy; the verso is blank. The typescript was prepared by Lily Borach (see LIII 94).
The typist headed the poem “A Prayer”.
The sheet measures 27.1 x 21.1 cm.
The manuscript is a typescript of the poem “A Prayer,” which Joyce first published in Pomes Penyeach (Paris: Shakespeare and Company, 1927; see Slocum and Cahoon A24), pp. –. It is the last poem Joyce wrote for the collection but the text here differs from the published version.
The typist dated the sheet: “18 May 1924”, which is most likely the date Joyce wrote the poem in MS VI.B.5, rather than when the typescript was made.
Sylvia Beach wrote “typescript of A Prayer | given to SB by JJ”.
This manuscript has been reproduced in black and white photo-facsimile on JJA 1.201 and “A Prayer” was subsequently published in PSW, p. 63.
The page has been folded in once vertically and twice horizontally.
- La Hune, item 157; Slocum and Cahoon, item E.7.b.