A very beautiful book with a Kings Langley school stamp inside.
Published by Faber and Faber it is an undated third impression, however the paper is fine.
"Someone once said of the perpetually disheveled Auden, "Everything he touched turned to cigarette ashes." The opposite was also true. He had a touch for turning cigarette ashes to poetry, for transforming everyday idioms, simple meters and rollicking jingles into profound and haunting stanzas. His verses undercut grandiloquence with the mundane and the conversational. In "For the Time Being" he brought this gift to the Christmas theme of the Incarnation, God's taking on the humblest of forms, power and vulnerability fused, the sacredness of the mundane."