Belle da Costa Greene letter to Bernard Berenson, 22 September 1911

Belle da Costa Greene, letter to Bernard Berenson, 22 September 1911, pp. 19–20. Bernard and Mary Berenson Papers, Box 610 Folder 20. Biblioteca Berenson, I Tatti - The Harvard University Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, courtesy of the President and Fellows of Harvard College.


[p. 19]

you remember the Evening
at Claridges when you
read Keats + Shelley +
French verses to me—I
think of it—that evening—
every time I read any
“Mère des souvenirs— .. 1
B.B. I would rather have
you read to me than Jean

[p. 20]

de Reske [sic] sing—you
read beautifully daarrling—
I must run now + get
some one of these million
things off my table—
Don’t stop writing to me
daarrling for a day—“I
have been faithful to
thee, Cynara, in my fashion.”2
And I love you + love you
+ love you “in my fashion”
Yours Belle—

  1. The opening phrase of Charles Baudelaire’s “Le Balcon” (The Balcony), from his Les Fleurs du Mal (The Flowers of Evil, 1857).
  2. Line from Ernest Dowson’s poem “Non sum qualis eram bonae sub regno Cynarae” (1896).