WMR, DGR Designer and Writer, 202-203
Baum, ed., House of Life
Not much need be said of this sonnet, which is a conscious replication of a
rhetoric widely dispersed in the poetry of Dante and his
circle. DGR probably wanted it in the sequence exactly for that reason. In certain respects it “replaces” the lyric “Plighted Promise”, which was originally titled “The Moonstar” and which was the third of the lyrics included in the 1870 version of “The House of Life”.
Four integral manuscripts come down to us: the Bancroft collection corrected draft; and three fair copies, one made for Jane Morris and the Kelmscott Love sonnets sequence; and two later copies, the fair copy in the Fitzwilliam compilation of The House of Life; and the one in the Library of Congress.
First published in the 1881 Ballads and Sonnets and collected thereafter.