In the presence of T. S. Eliot's second wife Valerie, Fiona Shaw reads
A Dedication To My Wife
by T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)
To whom I owe the leaping delight
That quickens my senses in our wakingtime
And the rhythm that governs the repose of our sleepingtime,
The breathing in unison
Of lovers whose bodies smell of each other
Who think the same thoughts without need of speech
And babble the same speech without need of meaning.
No peevish winter wind shall chill
No sullen tropic sun shall wither
The roses in the rose-garden which is ours and ours only.
But this dedication is for others to read:
These are private words addressed to you in public.