Dear Lucile:

This is just a note on your lyric program, to be slipped in with my next letter. I'm in my office while my grader is conducting a test.

You will follow through "from young love to married love." In doing this, perhaps you will find pertinent passages in Gaea. I did mean all of that and it was all about Mona before she came out to me.

(I doubt that anything from Nuptial Song can be used).

Your plan is excellent. No one else has commented on that vital progression. O, Lucile, you do know!

Your emphasis on "In the Night" means much to me. That happened so. All that summer we slept in hammocks under a cluster of cherry trees heavily laden with fruit. (The cherries ripening!) And I did see that in the starlight.

But this is the chief point in my note: The progression goes farther, as you know — so much farther. This is expressed in the lyrics as a high aspiration. And it has happened to me. I'll never write a lyric about it, altho' something of it should get into the poem, "I Shall Be Young with You" — if I am able to write it. It's really for the singing that is silence. But I could describe it fairly well, for it is not vague. Its something like a radiation from an intensely living center, burning white, and making every living thing seem dear.


This is the 18th of March, and now I have your letter. 1.— I am happy to know that Bower is gaining steadily. 2. Already I am admiring the lovely lavender dress that you will wear, with the amethyst, for the lyric program. 3. I am listening, too, and I know there is nothing but good to hear. In this connection: You once remarked that Enid has wisdom. Today, when we two had lunch together here she began talking with no prompting about the most vital matters, and I wish you could have heard her. It was true and beautiful. It could have been Mona talking. You should know her well. I marvel at her understanding and when she is in such a mood, she humbles me.