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Letter ReferenceOlive Schreiner BC16/Box11/Fold2/Undated/37
ArchiveUniversity of Cape Town, Manuscripts & Archives, Cape Town
Epistolary TypeLetter
Letter DateFebruary 1911
Address Fromna
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The Project is grateful to Manuscripts and Archives, University of Cape Town, for kindly allowing us to transcribe this Olive Schreiner letter, which is part of its Manuscripts and Archives Collections. The month and year have been written on this note in an unknown hand. An unknown hand has also written on ‘Received March 1/11’.
1 I send you this little poem sent me by a friend. I think you will like
2it if you’ve not read it before
4 I am also sending you a life of William Sharp as it may interest you.
5I never cared for any of his writings but some folks do.
7 Olive
9 I’m going out to Avondale tomorrow for the day. Poor Mrs Brown seems
10very ill.
Schreiner’s comments refer to, and are written on, the following:

A Ballad of Trees & the Master.

Into the woods my Master went
Clean ?forespent, ?forspent
Into the Woods my master came,
?Forspent with love & shame.
But the Olives they were not blind to Him,
The little gray leaves were kind to Him
The thorn-tree had a mind to Him
When into the woods he came.
Out of the woods my Master went,
And He was well content.
Out of the woods my Master came,
Content with death & shame.
When Death & Shame would woo Him last,
From under the trees drew Him last,
‘Twas on a tree they slew Him last
When out of the woods He came.
Sydney Larnier.

Sydney Larnier was the penname used by Alice Greene for her poetry.