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vent her spleen about the ministry issue as
—that would be a commendable
outcome. Your wife’s letters are masterpieces, by the way—no flattery intended.
Cordial greetings to both of you, yours,
In the first two sentences the formal third-person is corrected to the familiar second-person sin-
139. To Zurich Physics Colloquium
[Berlin,] 16 October 1919
I thank you for the poetic
and awkwardly send back my own
Light and heat Mrs. Sun us tenders
Yet loves not he who broods and ponders.
So she contrives many a
How she may hide her secret dear!
Now came the lunar visitor kind;
For joy, she almost forgot to shine.
Her deepest secret too she lost—
Eddington, you know, has snapped a shot.
So you friends of the colloquium party
When a weak hour strikes you, hark ye!
What she, our Sun, cannot
How could mere mortal man accomplish?
With best regards, yours,
Draft version: “She would not show the child of man.”
Draft version: “Forgot to guard her deep secret too.”
Draft version: “You friends 〈thus of〉 of the wise colloquium / Oh, but take warning example
Draft version: “What the radiant Sun.”