DGR wrote the poem as part of his letter to James Collinson of 25 October 1849, a letter
written toward the end of DGR's and Holman Hunt's trip to Paris and Belgium. The
in the letter is quite different from the version DGR published in 1850. The latter, in fact, is
broken off before DGR was able to compose a suitable conclusion for the lines.
First published (in a text much revised from the manuscript text DGR sent to his brother) in
The Germ, March 1850
first collected in WMR's 1886 collected edition and