(Base text used: NAR | HG 1903)*
* NAR and HG 1903 are identical, the latter being constructed from proofs of the former.
The following three printings are compared to establish a starting point from which to note the progress of revisions that Yeats made in particular copies of texts in his personal library—
NAR North American Review (September 1903).
HG 1903 The Hour-Glass. London: Wm. Heinemann, 1903.
HGOP The Hour-Glass and Other Plays.New York and London: Macmillan, 1904.
Annotated copies of the following works provided copy texts for Yeats's several revisions of the play before 1911 (keyed to Catherine Phillips's “Census of Manuscripts” in “The Hour-Glass”: Manuscript Materials [Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 1994] pp. xiii-xiv)—
HGOP The Hour-Glass and Other Plays. New York and London: Macmillan, 1904. ABY(1)
HGCHPB The Hour-Glass, Cathleen Ni Houlihan, The Pot of Broth. London: A. H. Bullen, 1904; Dublin: Maunsel, 1905. ABY(2), ABY(3)
HG 1907 The Hour-Glass. London: A. H. Bullen, 1907. ABY(4), ABY(5), ABY(6), ABY(7)
CW 1908 The Collected Works. Vol. IV. Stratford-on-Avon: Shakespeare Head Press, 1908.
NATIONAL LIBRARY OF IRELAND
ABY(1) = YL 2360
ABY(2) = YL 2362
ABY(3) = YL 2363
ABY(4) = YL 2361
ABY(5) = YL 2361a
ABY(6) = YL 2361b
ABY(7) = YL 2361c
CW 1908 = YL 2328
BY W. B. YEATS.
A WISE MAN.
THE WISE MAN's WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN.
A large room with a door at the back and another at the side opening
to an inner room. A desk and a chair in the middle. An hour-glass on
a bracket near the door. A creepy stool near it. Some benches. An
astronomical globe. A blackboard. A large ancient map of the world
on the wall. Some musical instruments. Floor strewed with rushes.
A wise man sitting at his desk.
1. Wise Man (turning over the pages of a book). Where is that
2. passage I am to explain to my pupils to–day? Here it is, and the
3. book says that it was written by a beggar on the walls of Babylon:…