675n(William Michael Rossetti, ed.
The Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.)
This is one of at least three limericks DGR wrote on his friend William Bell
Scott. In his in his
. Scott published complete versions of two and the first two lines of the third. This one appeared at II. 148, the other at II. 188.
WMR compiled DGR's numerous limericks into a single sequence, more
or less arbitrarily arranged, in his 1911 edition. A general commentary on DGR's limericks and their context is available.
The verses were written at Penkill Castle in September 1869. A manuscript of the lines survives.
WMR gathered these limericks all together in his