See the commentary for this poem's companion dramatic monologue,
“Sunday Morning. Catholic Church”, which is fair copied before this dramatic monologue on the only known manuscript. Both poems are closely related to the pair of sonnets DGR wrote for his sisters around 1848, “The Church Porches”.
The precise date of the poem is not known but the physical characteristics of the manuscript, the
handwriting, and the subject matter make it an early work. It could have been written as early as 1847.