DGR's close friend William Bell Scott was the subject of at
least three of DGR's limericks. Scott devoted some
amusing pages in his
Autobiographical Notes (II. 187-188)
to DGR's limericks, quoting this one and the beginning
of another, but not
the third. In his memoir
Memories and Notes of People and Places 1852-1912, 74
, Sir Sidney Colvin gives another version of this epigram on Scott.
A general commentary on DGR's
limericks and their context is available.