SELECTED AND EDITED BY
WITH AN INTRODUCTORY MEMOIR BY
LONDON: WILLIAM HEINEMANN
Youth is still childhood: when we cast off every cloudy vesture, and our thoughts are clear and mature; when every act is a conscious thought, every thought an attempt to arrest feeling; our feelings strong and overwhelming, our sensitiveness awakened by insignificant things in life; when the skies race tumultuously with our blood, and the earth shines and laughs; when our blood hangs suspended at the rustling of a gown. Our vanity loves to subdue—battle, aggressive. How we despise those older and duller—we want life, newness, excitement.
The poems whose titles are marked * appeared in a privately issued pamphlet, "Night and Day. By Isaac
Rosenberg. 1912" (pp. 24); those marked § in "Youth. By Isaac Rosenberg. London, I. Narodiczky, Printer, 48 Mile End Road, E. 1915" (pp. 18); and those marked † in "Moses. A Play. By Isaac Rosenberg. London, Printed By The Paragon Printing Works, 8 Ocean Street, Stepney Green, E. 1916" (pp. ii+26).
These pamphlets were the only work issued by the author, in addition to the following single pieces which appeared in various periodicals:
"In the Workshop," in A Piece of Mosaic (for a Jewish Bazaar).
"Our Dead Heroes," in South African Women in Council, December, 1914.
"Essay on Art," Part I, (prose), prefaced by a poem, "Beauty," in South African Women in Council, December,
"Essay on Art," Part II., South African Women in Council, January, 1915.
"Marching," and "Break of Day in the Trenches," in Poetry (Chicago), December, 1916. The following pieces have appeared posthumously:
"In Piccadilly," "If You are Fire," "Heart's First Word, II," "Wedded," "I Did Not Pluck at All," in Art and Letters, Summer, 1919; with an "In Memoriam" notice by Annie Rosenberg.
"Killed in Action," in Colour, October, 1919.
"Savage Song" ("A Naked African" from "Moses"), "God," in Rainbow (New York), October, 1920; with an "In Memoriam" notice by Horace Brodzky.
"I Mingle with Your Bones"; with an article by Samuel Roth, in Voices, Summer, 1921.