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BABEL
From a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith, undated ("The Seeker thrust . . .")
Part 2 of 5 of "The Iron Harp (2)" cycle

A titled version is included in a list of REH poems that Kline possessed.



Original typescript was untitled, title likely from Glenn Lord; on the same page as another untitled poem, "Nocturne"



THE BALLAD OF ABE SLICKEMMORE
From a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. November 1928 ("Salaam: / Listen you . . .")



THE BALLAD OF BAIBARS
Alternate titles: THE SOWERS OF THE THUNDER (verse heading); Untitled ("Fill up my goblet . . .")



A BALLAD OF BEER
Alternate title: Untitled ("I was once, I declare, a grog-shop man")
Originally untitled, from a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. July 1930 ("Salaam, Fear Finn: / Then Stein the peddler . . .")



THE BALLAD OF BUCKSHOT ROBERTS
Alternate title: THE BALLAD OF BUCKSNORT ROBERTS
Incorrectly titled as "Ballad of Bucksnort Roberts" by Dennis McHaney; Buckshot Roberts was a historical figure, involved in the Lincoln County War, famous for holding up in a cabin and shooting it out with an entire posse, getting killed, naturally; a titled version is included in a list of REH poems that Kline possessed.



THE BALLAD OF BUCKSNORT ROBERTS
Alternate title: THE BALLAD OF BUCKSHOT ROBERTS



A BALLAD OF INSANITY
From a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. November 1928 ("Salaam: / THIS IS A LETTER I STARTED . . .")



THE BALLAD OF DARK AGNES
Alternate title: verse heading for Chapter 4 of "Sword Woman"



THE BALLAD OF KING GERAINT
Alternate title: Untitled ("This is the tale of a nameless fight")
Title provided by Lenore Preece.
 Portions of this were included in a letter to Harold Preece, January 4, 1930 ("Yes, we fade from youth swiftly.")



THE BALLAD OF MONK KICKAWHORE
From a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. November 1928 ("Salaam: / THIS IS A LETTER I STARTED . . .")



THE BALLAD OF NAUGHTY NELL
Alternate titles: THE BALLAD OF SINGAPORE NELL; THE BALLAD OF NELL OF SINGAPORE




THE BALLAD OF NELL OF SINGAPORE
Alternate titles: THE BALLAD OF SINGAPORE NELL; THE BALLAD OF NAUGHTY NELL
The typescript version with this title is significantly different from "The Ballad of Singapore Nell"




The draft is from a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith, undated (Salaam: / There once was a wicked old elf . . .")



BALLADE
From a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith, undated ("Salaam: / I have forgotten . . .")



THE BANDIT
Alternate title: Untitled ("Out of the Texas desert . . .")



THE BAR BY THE SIDE OF THE ROAD



THE BARON AND THE WENCH
Unfinished



THE BARON OF FENLAND SAT AT EASE
Alternative title: Untitled ("The Baron of Fenland sat at ease")




BAST
A poem title that is included in a Kline agency list of REH poems it possessed after REH’s death, but no copy exists today.




BATTER THE BARS
A poem title that is included in a Kline agency list of REH poems it possessed after REH’s death, but no copy exists today.




A BEGGAR, SINGING WITHOUT
Alternative title: Untitled ("A beggar, singing without")



Original typescript was untitled, title likely by Glenn Lord.



BELSHAZZAR
Alternate title: BELSHAZZER
From a letter to Harold Preece, ca. October or early November 1930 ("Well, Harold, I’m sorry to hear your nose . . .")
Titled "Belshazzer" in the original letter.



BELSHAZZER
Alternate title: BELSHAZZAR




BELSHAZZAR’S DREAM
A poem title that is included in a Kline agency list of REH poems it possessed after REH’s death, but no copy exists today.




BENEATH THE SOUTH SEA MOON
A poem title that is included in a Kline agency list of REH poems it possessed after REH’s death, but no copy exists today.




BENNY LEONARD
A poem title that is included in a Kline agency list of REH poems it possessed after REH’s death, but no copy exists today.




BILL BOOZY WAS A PIRATE BOLD
Alternative title: Untitled ("Bill Boozy was a pirate bold")


BLACK CHANT IMPERIAL
Alternate title: EMPIRE
Identical to lines 1-4, 9-12, 21-32, 37-40 of "Empire"



BLACK DAWN
A cycle of 5 numbered, untitled poems of, respectively, 20, 13, 26, 32, 14 lines, none published separately.
In 1985, another manuscript was found in which each poem was titled respectively,
"Shadows", "Clouds", "Shrines", "The Iron Harp", and "Invocation".
Originally from a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. March 1929 ("Salaam: / Black Dawn")



BLACK HARPS IN THE HILLS
Alternate title: Untitled ("Thomas Fitzgerald, Shane O’Neill")
A shorter and slightly different untitled version of this poem appeared in a letter to Harold Preece, April 1930 ("Thanks for the St. Padraic’s card."); a titled version is included in a list of REH poems that Kline possessed.



BLACK MASS
Alternate title: A VISION

Nearly identical to "A Vision" in the first two stanzas, but diction changes quite a bit in the last two stanzas.






BLACK SEAS
From a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. June 1929 ("Salaam: / I received an announcement . . .")



THE BLACK STONE (verse heading, appearances apart from the story)
In some of these publications the poem is incorporated into August Derleth’s version of "The House in the Oaks."



THE BLOOD OF BELSHAZZAR (verse heading, appearances apart from the story)
Alternate title: THE SONG OF THE RED STONE



BLOSSOMS & PAGODAS
A poem title that is included in a Kline agency list of REH poems it possessed after REH’s death, but no copy exists today.




BOB FITZSIMMONS
A poem title that is included in a Kline agency list of REH poems it possessed after REH’s death, but no copy exists today.




THE BOMBING OF GON FANFEW
From a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith, February 25, 1925 ("Salaam, sahib: / Chapter XIX")



BRAN MAK MORN
A poem title that is included in a Kline agency list of REH poems it possessed after REH’s death, but no copy exists today.




BRAZEN THEWED GIANT OF A GRIMMER AGE
Alternative title: Untitled ("Brazen thewed giant of a grimmer Age")



THE BRIDE OF CUCHULAIN
Three lines were accidentally left out of the original. They are restored in COMPLETE POETRY OF ROBERT E. HOWARD.



THE BROKEN WALLS OF BABEL
Alternate title: Untitled ("The broken walls of Babel")



A BUCCANEER SPEAKS



BUCCANEER TREASURE



THE BUILDERS (1, "We reared up Babel’s towers")
The  first two quatrains were first published in A RHYME OF SALEM TOWN (2002);
The  first three quatrains were published in A RHYME OF SALEM TOWN (2007);
The last four quatrains were published in THE REH FOUNDATION NEWSLETTER Volume 1 Number 2 titled THE BUILDERS (3);
First complete publication is in COLLECTED POETRY
OF ROBERT E. HOWARD



THE BUILDERS (2, "We reared Bab-ilu’s towers")
From a letter to Tevis Clyde Smith, ca. October 1927 ("Salaam: / Seeking cognizance of things . . .");
a slightly different version, likely an early draft
.



BUT THE HILLS WERE ANCIENT THEN
Alternate title: Untitled ("Now is a summer come out of the sea")
George Scithers came up with the title.



BY OLD ABIE GOLDSTEIN’S PAWN SHOP
Alternative title: Untitled ("By old Abie Goldstein’s pawn shop")




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