A really lovely T.E. Lawrence wallpaper by deviantART user TheRavenArt. The quote comes from a poem by Ernest Dowson (“Impenitentia Ultima”) but was also mentioned in Seven Pillars of Wisdom as a passage that was running through his head when he fell from his camel.
Here’s the poem:
BEFORE my light goes out forever if God should give me a choice of graces, I would not reck of length of days, nor crave for things to be; But cry: “One day of the great lost days, one face of all the faces,Grant me to see and touch once more and nothing more to see.
"For, Lord, I was free of all Thy flowers, but I chose the world’s sad roses, And that is why my feet are torn and mine eyes are blind with sweat, But at Thy terrible judgement-seat, when this my tired life closes, I am ready to reap whereof I sowed, and pay my righteous debt.
"But once the sand is run and the silver thread is broken, Give me a grace and cast aside the veil of dolorous years, Grant me one hour of all mine hours, and let me see for a token Her pure and pitiful eyes shine out, and bathe her feet with tears.”
Her pitiful hands should calm, and her hair stream down and blind me, Out of the sight of night, and out of the reach of fear, And her eyes should be my light whilst the sun went out behind me, And the viols in her voice be the last sound in mine ear.
Before the ruining waters fall and my life be carried under, And Thine anger cleave me through as a child cuts down a flower, I will praise Thee, Lord, in Hell while my limbs are racked asunder, For the last sad sight of her face and the little grace of an hour.
We got a plotter proof for CUTTINGS from the printer. It took a few days to get our notes together, but everything’s looking good.
For this book in particular, we’re using (on various editions) spot gloss, foil stamping, pantone endsheets and a dust jacket with foil stamping + die-cut. This is probably the most complicated cover I’ve put together, although the Exquisite Beast LTD comes close. I came up with a trick for the binding of the CUTTINGS LTD that I’m proud of, but the best way to explain will be to show. Happy to say I get better and learn something new every time.
More news via Kickstarter when I have it (you’ll have to log in). Thanks everyone who backed the book, we’re workin’ hard for you.