Mr. Belloc is honoured to learn that his name is among the first 50
living writers chosen in your ballot and for your inclusion of some
part of his work in your volume, he begs you to excuse him from
making the selection himself. He is really too retiring to do it, I
assure you, and will be quite content to leave the choice to your
own taste and judgment.
Personally I consider the task very difficult! For Mr. Belloc's
range is so wide, but I may tell you privately that in his own opinion
his poetry is worth more than his prose.
RONALD RICHINGS, Secretary
It is useless for me to ask Mr. Belloc to write a paragraph for you about the choice of the poem. He invariably refuses any such request! But I can tell you privately that he himself rates it* much higher than the poems that are included in most anthologies. "Symbol of The Free!" remember!
To Duff Cooper
To EXALT, enthrone, establish and defend,
To welcome home mankind's mysterious friend:
Wine, true begetter of all arts that be;