Limerick: William Bell Scott

Dante Gabriel Rossetti

General Description

Date: 1869 September
Subject: William Bell Scott
Rhyme: a3a3b2b2a3
Meter: iambic


1911 675n(William Michael Rossetti, ed. The Works of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.)

Scholarly Commentary


This is one of at least three limericks DGR wrote on his friend William Bell Scott. In his in his Autobiographical Notes . 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.

Textual History: Composition

The verses were written at Penkill Castle in September 1869. A manuscript of the lines survives.

Printing History

WMR gathered these limericks all together in his 1911 edition.

Electronic Archive Edition: 1
Source File: 37a-1869.raw.xml