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After receiving a copy of the first number of The Germ, William Bell Scott (1811-1890)
sent two poems for
future issues on 15 January 1850. Of this piece WMR noted in
his journal that it was gloriously fine [and] must absolutely
come into No. 2, which it did. The poem is an interesting
example of an explicitly hypnagogic experience. Scott reprinted it,
with some changes, in his Poems by William Bell Scott: Ballads, Studies
from Nature, Sonnets, Etc. (1875).
First printed in The
Germ no. 2, pages 65-67.