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CR wrote this poem in March 1849. Like her other poems
published in the journal, it appeared pseudonymously as
the work of “Ellen Alleyn”. It was first reprinted in
the collection edited by William Allingham in 1859,
Nightingale Valley, A Collection of Choice Lyrics
and Short Poems and reprinted in CR's Goblin
Market and Other Poems (1862).
First printed in The
Germ 1, page 48