Editorial glosses and textual notes are available in a pop-up window. Line numbering reflects the structure of the The fair copy at Yale.
As WMR's 1911
note to this sonnet remarks, this is one of DGR's very few directly political poems.
It is also notable for the entirely positive view it takes of the epochal events of the
“year of revolutions”, 1848. His other political poems tend to be
either skeptical or
darkly mordant—for example, “On Refusal of
Aid Between Nations” (written a year later).
Three manuscripts are known: a draft at Princeton; a corrected copy at Texas; and a fair copy at Yale.
First published by WMR in his collected edition of
and kept thereafter.