The single surviving manuscript of this work carries on its other side an early
draft version of “The Lady's Lament”. Both works are closely related to the whole Courtly Love project that
culminated for DGR in his signature poem “The Blessed Damozel”, and that pervades, of course, the translation project eventually published
in 1861 as the The Early Italian Poets volume.
DGR's source text was taken from the Middle English devotional poem,
“Joachim and Anne”, printed from the Auchinleck Manuscript
in the 1840 volume Legendae Catholicae. A Lytle Boke of Seyntlie Gestes.
The poem was probably drafted in 1847, but possibly in 1848.