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Google led me to your blog. I’m writing an academic paper on John Betjeman and I saw that you have read his work Summoned by Bells. Unfortunately, I do not own the book. But if you still have this book, would you mind looking something up for me?
I need to know whether the poem “Sunday Afternoon Service in St. Enodoc Church, Cornwall” is in the book. If it is, it’s probably in chapter IV, or, alternatively, in chapter VIII.
I’m also interested in the page numbers of these lines that should be rather at the beginning of said poem:
As winds about
The burnished path through lady’s-finger, thyme,
And bright varieties of saxifrage,
So grows the tinny tenor faint or loud
All all things draw toward St. Enodoc.
Your help would be greatly appreciated!
I just saw this comment and note that you did not sign your name. There is no chapter in “Summoned by Bells” called “Sunday Afternoon Service in St. Endoc Church, Cornwall.” The fourth chapter is called Cornwall in Childhood and the eighth “Cornwall in Adolescence.” Neither poem has as opening lines those you cite. The poem is reprinted in John Betjeman, Collected Poems, enlarged edition, introduction by Philip Larkin (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 191), pp. 138-143. The lines you cite go from 2-6.
It does seem to me that if you are doing an academic paper on Betjeman, the minimal thing to do would be to get a copy of the books yourself. What kind of paper can it be without the books? I can have no idea where you live, but in England public libraries used to do interlibrary loans and in colleges around the US they perform the same function. E.M.
The pleasure of rabbit holing when it leads to something so unexpected and expansive as your blog! Thank you for a glimpse into the way you see the world, and your wisdom. I wish you everyday joy that comforts your heart.