Baum, ed., The House of Life, 129-131
WMR, DGR as Designer and Writer, 212-213
Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the 1870 First Edition Text.
The argument of this sonnet is perhaps
clearer in the
(1870) text than in the
text—because in the former it
comes into the sequence immediately after Sleepless Dreams.
The sestet of “Secret Parting” connects
directly to the thoughts and ideas of the latter.
Before mid-Autumn 1869 (see WMR,
Classified Lists, 7
); but it would have been written before August 1869, for
it is printed in the Penkill Proofs for the 1870 volume.
Two manuscripts survive, both gathered in the Fitzwilliam composite “House of Life” manuscript: DGR's fair copy and his heavily corrected draft.
DGR altered the third line from its
text, but the sonnet remained stable thereafter.
First printed in mid-August 1869 as part of the
Penkill Proofs, the
sonnet remained in all proof stages and was published in the 1870 Poems and
thereafter. It is The House of Life Sonnet XX in the 1870 volume, and Sonnet XLV