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Ursula Bethell


Secrets of Felicity: Letters of Ursula Bethell

selected and introduced by Peter Whiteford




From a Garden in the Antipodes. By Evelyn Hayes. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1929.

Time and Place, poems by the Author of "From a Garden in the Antipodes". Christchurch: Caxton, 1936.

Day and Night: Poems 1924-35, By the Author of TIME AND PLACE. Christchurch: Caxton, 1939.

Collected Poems. Christchurch: Caxton, 1950.

Collected Poems. Ed. Vincent O'Sullivan. Auckland: Oxford University Press, 1985.

Collected Poems. Ed. Vincent O'Sullivan. Wellington: Victoria University Press, 1997.


Allen, C. R. Rev. of Day and Night. Otago Daily Times. Dec. 2, 1939.

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Brewer, Rosemary. 'A Pilgrim in the Library: the private letters and public poetry of Mary Ursula Bethell.' Unpublished M. A. thesis. University of Auckland, 1995.

Bridges, Robert. The Testament of Beauty. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1929.

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de Caussade, Jean-Pierre. L'Abandon à la Providence divine. Trans. as Abandonment to Divine Providence. E. Strickland. Exeter: The Catholic Press, 1921.

A Caxton Miscellany of Poems, Verse, Etc. Christchurch: Caxton Press, 1937.

Cresswell, D'Arcy. The Voyage of the Hurunui. Christchurch: Caxton Press, 1956.

Cresswell, D'Arcy. 'Whence cometh our strength.' Tomorrow, 2.33 (Oct. 14, 1936), 19-21.

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A Faggot of Verse: poems by five women. [Aileen Barr, Isabel Butchart, Winifred Gill, Elizabeth Holmes, and Hester Marshall] London: Sidgwick and Jackson, 1930.

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Rainbird (Riro-Riro) at Christmas-tide.

Carol sweetly, riro-riro,
Shadow in a shady tree,
Trill us gaily, purely, sweetly,
Secrets of felicity;
For she bore Him, Mary, Mary,
At this time Who came to be
Cradled in a stable poorly
Lord of might and majesty.

Scents of jasmine white, or lily,
On a soft wind from the sea
Are the spices summer mingles
At the great Nativity;
For she bore Him, Mary, Mary,
At this time a King to be,
And the princes bowed in wisdom,
Shepherds in simplicity.

Carol, carol, riro-riro,
Sweetly, sadly, secretly,
For your burden, Mary, Mary,
They will nail Him to a tree;
They will rail on Him and rend Him,
End for all the world to see:
In a garden early, Mary,
We shall know the victory.

Carol, riro, in the garden,
Flowers, let your perfume be
Incense for the early darkness
Of the noon's nativity;
For she bore Him, Mary, Mary,
At this time, and merrily
Shall we keep the high feast yearly,
Of the saving mystry.

For this cause we make all music
Angels' news, and birds astir
Chorsiters, and all our treasure
Gold and frankincense and myrrh;
For this cause we light our candles,
Turn our fearfulness to mirth,
Sing again the ancient carols
At the uttermost ends of earth.


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