This is another of the group of sonnets that
DGR wrote to rhymes set by WMR. The brothers played this verse game
with each other between 1847-1849, and principally in 1848. The rule
was that the sonnet should be written quickly, in five to ten
survive, fourteen of which were published by
WMR in his edition of
. Paull Franklin Baum published twelve others
Analytical List of
Manuscripts in the Duke
University Library, 56-65
. This previously unpublished sonnet is a nineteenth from the series, which was originally much more extensive.
Two manuscripts survive: an early fair copy in the Tinker collection at Yale, and a
manuscript at the Huntington Library which is cancelled with a cross-through. The manuscripts differ in some important respects, not the least of which is a variant in line 3. The Huntington text is a quatorzain whereas the Tinker manuscript, which seems later, is divided into octave and sestet.
The sonnet was not published by WMR, perhaps because the only copy he saw the cancelled one at thr Huntington.